Down By the Magdalen Green
DESCRIPTION: A sailor, whose ship anchored at Dundee, convinces a girl to walk "along by the Magdalen/Maudlin/Mellon Green." He returns to sea and dreams of the girl weeping with his baby son. He warns sailors against seducing and abandoning girls.
EARLIEST DATE: 1970 (Morton-FolksongsSungInUlster)
KEYWORDS: seduction abandonment childbirth dream sailor
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Morton-FolksongsSungInUlster 16, "Down By the Mellon Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gatherer-SongsAndBalladsOfDundee 35, "The Magdalen Green" (1 text, 2 tunes)
The Harbour of Dundee
NOTES [38 words]: Morton-FolksongsSungInUlster: "A couple of variants of this song have been collected in Scotland itself, notably from Jimmy McBeath, but it is by no means widely known. There is a Magdalen Green in Dundee (pronounced Madlin)." - BS
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