“The Banks of Kilrea (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love courting rejection emigration separation age
Found in: Ireland


The singer hears a young man begging a girl to come over the sea with him. She says that it's too dangerous to cross the ocean, and her parents are old. He reminds her of promises made, but bids her farewell; they will not see each other again


  1. SHenry H150b, pp. 361-362, "The Banks of Kilrae (II)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2495
  3. BI, HHH150b