Died for Love (V)
DESCRIPTION: "A man returning home one night, He found his house without a light." He seeks his daughter; he finds her dead (perhaps of suicide, perhaps not). Her love was a sailor. She warned "Don't change the old love for the new." Clearly from "The Butcher Boy"
EARLIEST DATE: 1974 (Gardham-EastRidingSongster)
KEYWORDS: death suicide love abandonment sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Gardham-EastRidingSongster 28, "The Maiden's Prayer (Died for Love)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hamer-GreenGroves, pp. 18-19, "A Sailor Came Home Late" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Butcher Boy" [Laws P24] and references there
NOTES [48 words]: Basically "The Butcher Boy" with the love a sailor instead. I'd be tempted to lump them, but Roud and others split them. But you'd better see all the "Butcher Boy" references.
Gardham-EastRidingSongster states that this particular version became particularly popular in World War II. - RBW
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