“The Emigrant's Farewell to Donegal”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: c.1846 (Zimmermann)
Keywords: marriage emigration farewell hardtimes America Ireland


It is 1846 and the singer is leaving Donegal. His father's five acres cannot support the family. He proposes to his sweetheart, she agrees, they marry and leave for America where "no rents or taxes we pay at all"


The ballad takes place during the famine years in Ireland. - BS

For background on the famines, see the notes to "Over There (I - The Praties They Grow Small)." - RBW

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  1. Zimmermann 57, "A New Song Called the Emigrant's Farewell to Donegal" (1 text)
  2. BI, Zimm057