“I Was Just Sixteen”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1921 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Keywords: courting love parting death funeral suicide lover mistress mother sailor separation
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

"I was just sixteen when I first started roving" the sinful world. He meets and leaves a pretty girl. They agreed to be true but she thinks "on the vows she broke." She commits suicide. At her funeral a letter arrives; "Willie fell from the yardarm"

References

  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 102, "I Was Just Sixteen" (1 text)
  2. Peacock, pp. 720-721, "The Spanish Main" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Karpeles-Newfoundland 40, "The Spanish Main" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #17721
  5. BI, GrMa102