Charming Blue-eyed Mary
DESCRIPTION: Jimmy meets Mary, "got the will of" her, and gives her a diamond ring as a token. He returns from sea after eight months as a captain. He proposes. She accepts.
EARLIEST DATE: 1928 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: marriage ring sex reunion separation lover
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Lehr/Best-ComeAndIWillSingYou 19, "Charming Blue-eyed Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H785, p. 399, 'My Darling Blue-Eyed Mary" (1 text, 1 tune); p. 278, "An Admired Song Called Blue-Eyed Mary" (a reprint of the Alex Mayne broadside)
Graham-Joe-Holmes-SongsMusicTraditionsOfAnUlsterman 51, "My Charming Blue-Eyed Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mary Delaney, "Charming Blue Eyed Mary" (on IRTravellers01)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3354), "Blue Ey'd Mary" ("As I walked out one morning"), J. Pearson (Epworth), n.d.
Murray, Mu23-y1:031, "Blue Ey'd Mary," James Lindsay Jr. (Glasgow), 19C
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(041), "Blue Ey'd Mary," James Lindsay (Glasgow), c. 1855
NOTES [35 words]: There may be one broadside for this ballad as "Charming blue-eyed Mary" at Bodleian Library site Ballads Catalogue printed at Glasgow between 1851 and 1910, shelfmark 2806 c.13(72); I could not read this copy. - BS
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