Black Velvet Band (III), The
DESCRIPTION: Singer loves a girl who wears a blue (black) velvet band. He leaves her to find work. She appears to him by firelight; he returns home, to discover or learn from his captain that she has died. She is buried wearing his ring and the velvet band
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (recording, Stanley G. Triggs)
KEYWORDS: loneliness love rambling separation beauty clothes burial death work supernatural lover worker ghost
FOUND IN: Can(West)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
DT, BLUEVEL2, BLUVELV2
Stanley G. Triggs, "The Blue Velvet Band" (on Triggs1)
cf. "The Black Velvet Band (I)"
cf. "The Black Velvet Band (II - New Zealand)"
NOTES: The relationship to the other "Black Velvet Band" songs is clear -- this one shares the chorus "Her cheeks were the full flush of nature/Her beauty it seemed to expand/Her hair hung down in long tresses/Tied back by the blue velvet band." But the theme of betrayal common in the other songs is wholly absent; in this case the lady is innocent, and dies. So I separate them. - PJS
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