“Johnny, Lovely Johnny”

Alternate titles: “The High Walls of Derry”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (IRPTunney01)
Keywords: courting seduction sex lie promise separation nonballad lover rake infidelity abandonment
Found in: Ireland Britain(England(Lond))


Annie complains that Johnny had promised to marry her when they courted in her father's garden in County Tyrone. Johnny says "it was all but a jest ... I never intended for to make you my wife." She says she will kiss him if he ever returns



  1. Morton-Ulster 14, "Lovely Johnny" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #5168
  3. BI, RcJoLoJo