“Mullinabrone”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love courting separation emigration reunion
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer sees two lovers saying goodbye. He is going to America; she fears he will forget her. At last she can stand it no longer; she buys passage to America. At first she cannot find him, but meets him eventually; they are married

Notes

The lyrics of this song often overlap those of "Erin's Flowery Vale," and the first part of the plot is also the same. But this is somewhat less, um, flowery, and it also has a proper ending, which "Erin's Flowery Vale" (as defined by Laws) does not. There probably is kinship, but perhaps the most likely explanation is that both split off from the same roots; they aren't really the same song any longer. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. SHenry H242, p. 483-484, "Mullinabrone" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2494
  3. BI, HHH242