“Charming Blue-eyed Mary”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: marriage ring sex reunion separation lover
Found in: Canada(Newf) Ireland

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.

Notes

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

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Lehr/Best 19, "Charming Blue-eyed Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. SHenry H785, p. 399, 'My Darling Blue-Eyed Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, LeBe019