Geordie Downie

DESCRIPTION: "Hae ye heard o' a widow in rich attire... She's followed a tinker frae Dee-side, His name was Geordie Downie." She rejoices to follow tinker Geordie rather than her former husband. But he gets drunk, kills her, and falls off his horse and dies
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (Greig/Duncan2)
KEYWORDS: tinker Gypsy courting abandonment homicide death horse
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig/Duncan2 279, "Geordie Downie" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Greig/Duncan7 1349, "My Bonny Love Geordie Gordon" (1 fragment)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, p. 461, "Geordie Downie" (1 text)

Roud #3930
NOTES [43 words]: Ord-BothySongsAndBallads discusses this in connection with the "glamour" cast by the Gypsy Laddie over women, implying that this is a sort of sequel of that song. This seems unlikely, but it probably does derive from the same sort of anti-Gypsy feeling. - RBW
Last updated in version 2.5
File: Ord461

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2022 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.