Cottage By the Sea, The
DESCRIPTION: he singer thinks about his "joyful days" as a child, gathering shells below the white waves. He recalls his mother's (unspecified) warning "as she took me on her knee." He hopes to return "when life's long day is closing"
EARLIEST DATE: 1995 (IROConway01); before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian, Bod21918 2806 c.16(212))
KEYWORDS: age homesickness warning home return separation travel sea nonballad youth
FOUND IN: Ireland
Ollie Conway, "The Cottage By the Sea" (on IROConway01)
Bodleian, Bod21918 2806 c.16(212), "The Cottage by the Sea" ("Childhood's days now pass before me"), H.P. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Bod1096 Firth b.25(227), Bod6576 Firth b.25(228), Bod2800 Harding B 15(64a), Bod12826 Harding B 11(2897), Bod13908 Harding B11(707), Bod7338 Firth b.26(466), Bod8794 2806 c.13(75), Bod14675 Harding B 15(63b), Bod15066 Harding B 16(60c), "(The) Cottage by the Sea"
NOTES [19 words]: The Conway version on IROConway01, but not the broadsides, says of the singer, now "in some foreign land I roam." - BS
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