Carrier Dove, The

DESCRIPTION: Singer has been captured in war; "the chain of the tyrant is o'er me now." He sends a message by dove to his sweetheart explaining why she has not heard from him. He waits for the bird to return "a line from my lady love"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1839 (broadside, Bodleian LOCSheet sm1839 370510)
KEYWORDS: captivity love war separation nonballad bird lover
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Thompson-Pioneer 29, "The Carrier Dove" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #255, p. 18, "The Carrier Dove" (3 references)

Roud #2814
Bodleian, Harding B 18(77), "The Carrier Dove" ("Fly away to my native land, sweet dove"), H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878; also Harding B 15(39a), Harding B 11(2550), Harding B 11(3481), "The Carrier Dove"
LOCSheet, sm1839 370510, "The Carrier Dove Ballad," George Willig (Philadelphia), 1839 (1 text, 1 tune)
LOCSinging, sb10046b, "The Carrier Dove" ("Fly away to my native land, sweet Dove"), J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859; also as101920, sb10046a, as101940, "The Carrier Dove"
VonWalthour, CD Drive>c>c(13), "The Carrier Dove" ("Fly away to my native land, sweet dove"),J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859

NOTES [59 words]: Broadsides LOCSinging sb10046b and VonWalthour CDDrive>c>c(13) appear to be the same edition.
Broadside LOCSinging sb10046b, VonWalthour and Bodleian Harding B 18(77): J. Andrews and H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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