I Love my Love (II)
DESCRIPTION: "All my friends fell out with me/Because I kept my love's company." The singer must leave to go over the mountain because his fortune is low. "When I have gold she has her part/And when I have none she has my heart... And upon my honor I love her still."
EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Singer says "All my friends fell out with me/Because I kept my love's company." He must leave to go over the mountain because his fortune is low. "When I have gold she has her part/And when I have none she has my heart/And she gained it too with a free good will/And upon my honor I love her still." "The winter's past and summer's come/The trees are budding one by one/And when my true love chooses to stay/I'll stay with her till the break of day"
KEYWORDS: poverty courting love sex parting travel lover
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
SharpAp 190, "I Love my Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: It's hard to distinguish this from the plethora of songs with similar themes. The verses "All my friends fell out with me..." and "Over the mountain I must go/Because my fortune is so low/With an aching heart and a troubled mind/For leaving my true love behind" are good delineators.
Jean Ritchie used most of the lyrics for her song "One I Love," changing the sex of the singer and adding the chorus "One I love; two, he loves/Three, he's true to me" [Said chorus now being indexed as "One I Love, Two I Love." - RBW] - PJS
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