“Ballycastle, O!”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: home nonballad
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer recalls Ballycastle, noting, "That place is ever dear to me, no matter when or where I be." He says that no soldier has found a place more hospitable, no land knows plants so fair. Those from far away sigh because they cannot find its like

References

  1. SHenry H28b, pp. 158-159, "Ballycastle, O!" (1 text with many variant readings, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13455
  3. BI, HHH028b