DESCRIPTION: "Now let me alone" says the singer to Barney O'Hea. He had "better look out for the stout Corney Creagh" and don't be impudent. Don't follow me to Brandon Fair where I'll be alone. They meet at the fair. She promises to marry "impudent Barney O'Hea"
AUTHOR: Samuel Lover (1797-1868) (Source: Hoagland)
EARLIEST DATE: 1870 (Oliver Ditson & Co, The New Comic Songster)
KEYWORDS: courting humorous rejection
REFERENCES (4 citations):
O'Conor-OldTimeSongsAndBalladOfIreland, pp. 65-66, "Barney O'Hea" (1 text)
New-Comic-Songster, pp. 52-53, "Barney O'Hea" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hylands-Mammoth-Hibernian-Songster, p. 136, "Barney O'Hea" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Kathleen Hoagland, editor, One Thousand Years of Irish Poetry (New York, 1947), pp. 413-414, "Barney O'Hea" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 15(18b), "Barney O'Hea", W.S. Fortey (London), 1858-1885; also Harding B 11(2155), Firth c.26(126), Firth c.19(205), "Barney O'Hea"
cf. "Common Bill" (theme)
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