“The Bann Water Side”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.11(265))
Keywords: love courting marriage money promise beauty
Found in: Ireland


The singer sees a pretty girl by the Bann. He offers her a comfortable life if she will marry him. She says she would rather be poor than beguiled. He promises that, if he becomes poor, he will split his last shilling with her. They are happily married




  1. SHenry H685, p. 460, "The Bann Water Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. McBride 9, "The Blackwater Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3037
  4. BI, HHH685