“Every Night When the Sun Goes In”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Keywords: seduction suicide pregnancy betrayal
Found in: US(Ap)


"Every night when the sun goes in (x3), I hang down my head and mournful cry." The singer says she is leaving, and wishes the train would come to take her home. When her apron was low, he would follow her everywhere; now it is high, he ignores her


This is so close to "The Butcher Boy" that I was almost tempted to list them as one. The introductory theme of returning home, however, separates the songs. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SharpAp 189, "Every Night when the Sun Goes In" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 149-150, "Every Night When the Sun Goes In" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 180, "Every Night When The Sun Goes In" (1 text)
  5. Roud #3611
  6. BI, LxA149