“The Collier Lad (Lament for John Sneddon/Siddon)”

Alternate titles: “Lament for John Sneddon”; “Johnny Siddon”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: mining death love separation marriage emigration dream mourning
Found in: Ireland Britain

Description

The singer tells her tale of grief: Her love, John (Sneddon), is a collier. She dreams a dream of his death. In the morning, she learns that he has died in a cave-in. They were soon to be married and to travel to America. But he will return no more

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References

  1. SHenry H110, p. 144, "A Collier Lad" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Morton-Maguire 25, pp. 64-65,114,166-167, "The Handsome Collier Lad" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #921
  4. BI, HHH110