“On the Banks of the Pamanaw”

Alternate titles: “The Banks of Pondamah”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931
Keywords: Indians(Am.) promise abandonment home family grief seduction lie lover
Found in: US(MW) Canada(Newf)


The singer sees an Indian girl sitting alone but unafraid. She explains that her family is dead and her lover has abandoned her. He offers to take her "to a better land, to a pale-face countree." She will not come; she has vowed to stay there


Just to prevent mistakes: Yes, that is "Pamanaw," not "Panama." - RBW

Labrador-Leach is indeed "Panama," not my typo.

The "Baltic Line" may refer to Admiral Charles Napier's Baltic excursion against the Russians in the Crimean War [cf. broadside Bodleian, Harding B 13(181), "Bold Napier," E.M.A. Hodges (London), 1855-1861; tune: "Low-Back'd Car"] - BS


  1. Laws H11, "On the Banks of the Pamanaw"
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 451-452, "The Banks of the Pamanaw" (1 text)
  3. Beck 46, "On the Banks of the Pamanaw" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Peacock, pp. 424-426, "The Banks of Penmanah" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  5. Leach-Labrador 95, "Banks of Panama" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. DT 792, PAMANAW
  7. Roud #2196
  8. BI, LH11