“The Banks of Sweet Loch Rae”

Alternate titles: “The Banks of Sweet Loch Ray”; “On the Banks of Sweet Loch Raw”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Sam Henry collection); 19C (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 26(29))
Keywords: love courting soldier separation
Found in: Ireland US(NE)


The singer meets a handsome soldier. He asks if she will come along with him. She says she cannot bear to leave (Loch Rae). He consents to have her stay if she will wait for him. She waits sadly for his return


"The Banks of Sweet Loughrea" tells the story from the soldier's point of view. - BS



  1. SHenry H158, p. 295, "Banks of Sweet Lough Neigh" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3821
  3. BI, HHH158