Johnny German [Laws N43]

DESCRIPTION: A sailor meets a girl who tells him she is sad because of her lover's long absence. When he hears that Johnny is her lover, he tells her Johnny died months before. She takes to her bed; he reveals himself as Johnny
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1856 (Thompson-APioneerSongster)
KEYWORDS: sailor separation reunion
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,SE,So) Ireland Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Laws N43, "Johnny German"
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 155-156, "Johnny German" (1 text)
Thompson-APioneerSongster 16, "Johnny German" (1 text)
Cazden/Haufrecht/Studer-FolkSongsOfTheCatskills 23, "The Rainbow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H156, p. 315, "Johnny Jarmin/The Rainbow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 97, "Johnny Germany" (1 text)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore2 94, "Johnny German" (2 texts)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore4 94, "Johnny German" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Moore/Moore-BalladsAndFolkSongsOfTheSouthwest 81, "Johnny German" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 181, "Johnny German" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 55, "Johnny German" (1 text plus mention of 1 more, 1 tune)
Mackenzie-BalladsAndSeaSongsFromNovaScotia 65, "Johnny German" (1 text)
Chase-AmericanFolkTalesAndSongs, pp. 179-181, "Johnny Jarmanie" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 467, JONGERMN
ADDITIONAL: Harold Nestler, "Songs from the Hudson Valley" (article in _New York Folklore Quarterly_, Volume V, #2, Summer 1949), pp. 79-80, "Johnny German" (1 text)

Roud #557
File: LN43

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