Mother, He's Going Away

DESCRIPTION: Mother: Don't cry for that liar Barney; remember "how he served poor Kate Kearney." Nelly: He's going away; I dreamed of his ghost. Mother: All the better; remember you protested when he courted Jinny M'Cray last week. Nelly: He's going away ...
AUTHOR: Samuel Lover (1797-1868)
EARLIEST DATE: before 1885 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.28(5a/b) view 2 of 8)
KEYWORDS: dialog love separation mother rake ghost
REFERENCES (1 citation):
O'Conor, p. 71, "Mother, He's Going Away" (1 text)
Bodleian, Firth b.28(5a/b) view 2 of 8, "Mother, He's Going Away", Richard March & Co (London), 1877-1884
NOTES [45 words]: It appears that this song was printed at least once in America; see the entry in Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, p. 99. But it does not seem to have become traditional. - RBW
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