“The Banished Lover (The Parish of Dunboe)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love separation mother father reunion
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer wanders out and recalls the home from which (his parents) banished him. He recalls how the locals dislike strangers. He meets a "pretty fair maid who sore lamented." She says that her lover has been taken away. He reveals that he is her lover

Notes

The second Henry text, "Learmont Grove," is a very worn down version in which the plot barely survives; it is identified with the first based primarily upon common lyrics.

The date of this text is given incorrectly in Henry/Huntington/Herrmann; it should be 1937, not 1927. - RBW

References

  1. SHenry H23, p. 307, "The Banished Lover"; H726, pp. 307-308, "Learmont Grove" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Roud #2963
  3. BI, HHH023