“I Never Will Marry”

Alternate titles: “The Shells of the Ocean”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1906 (Belden)
Keywords: love death suicide
Found in: Britain US(SE,So)

Description

The singer meets a fair woman by the seashore. She (is reading a letter which) reveals that her lover is dead. The singer asks her to marry him. She vows she never will marry, and ensures it by drowning herself

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References

  1. Laws K17, "Down by the Sea Shore"
  2. Belden, pp. 167-168, "The Lover's Lament for her Sailor" (2 texts)
  3. Randolph 84, "Down by the Sea-Shore" (2 texts plus 1 fragment and 1 excerpt, 2 tunes)
  4. McNeil-SFB1, pp.130-131, "The Maiden's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Lomax-FSNA 114, "I Never Will Marry" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. PSeeger-AFB, p. 29, "I Never Will Marry" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 181, "I Never Will Marry" (1 text)
  8. DT 405, CONSTLOV NEVMARRY* (FORSAKMM)
  9. Roud #466
  10. BI, LK17