“Kelly's Lamentation (The Deserter)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1906 (JIFSS)
Keywords: home family soldier money drink desertion escape disease death
Found in: Ireland


Kelly quarrels with his parents and leaves home. On his way to a hiring fair, he meets a sergeant, who buys his drinks and tells him he has enlisted. His parents cannot buy his freedom. Kelly deserts and returns home, but soon takes sick and dies


  1. SHenry H223, pp. 83-84, "The Deserter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2405
  3. BI, HHH223