High Rocks o' Pennan, The

DESCRIPTION: "Cauld blaws the wind o'er the high rocks o' Pennan" as the singer laments the absence of Jamie, gone to America. She discusses their parting, at which he complained that the laws are too strict. He promises to fetch her once he has the money
AUTHOR: John Anderson (d.c.1870) (source: Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast)
EARLIEST DATE: 1875 (Greig/Duncan6)
KEYWORDS: love separation emigration crime
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #21, p. 1, "The High Rocks of Pennan" ; #23, p. 2, "High Rocks of Pennan" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
Greig/Duncan6 1121, "The High Rocks o' Pennan" (6 texts plus a single verse on p. 548, 5 tunes)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, pp. 342-343, "The High Rocks o' Pennan" (1 text)

Roud #3944
cf. "The Lass o' Glenshee" (tune, per Greig/Duncan6)
NOTES [48 words]: This is the only emigration song I can recall where the singer's main reason is the laws against poaching. The overall feeling reminds me a lot of "Teddy O'Neill" (to which it can be sung), but I doubt there is dependance. - RBW
Greig: .".. written in the early [eighteen-]forties ...." - BS
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