“The Lily of the West”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1839
Keywords: homicide jealousy betrayal trial
Found in: Britain(England(North,South,West) Ireland US(Ap,MW,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf)

Description

The singer courts (Mary/Flora), only to see her courting another man. He stabs the other man to death. He is taken and sentenced, all the while saying that he loves the Lily of the West despite her betrayal

Notes

OLochlainn 93 ends happily: "I then did stand my trial, and boldly I did plead, A flaw was in my indictment found and that soon had me freed."

Broadside LOCSinging as107800: J. Andrews dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS

Same tune

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Recordings

References

  1. Laws P29, "The Lily of the West"
  2. Belden, pp. 132-133, "The Lily of the West" (1 text plus reference to 1 more)
  3. Randolph 145, "The Lily of the West" (3 texts plus a fragment, 2 tunes)
  4. Eddy 49, "The Lily of the West" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  5. BrownII 267, "The Lily of the West" (1 text, with little of the plot remaining)
  6. Chappell-FSRA 113, "The Lily of the West" (1 fragment)
  7. SharpAp 148, "The Lily of the West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Fife-Cowboy/West 54, "Lily of the West" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  9. SHenry H578, pp. 416-417, "Flora, The Lily of the West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 133-136, "The Lily of the West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. OLochlainn 93, "The Lily of the West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Peacock, pp. 473-474, "The Lily of the West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  13. Creighton-NovaScotia 42, "Lily of the West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  14. Silber-FSWB, p. 225, "Lily Of The West" (1 text)
  15. DT 507, FLORAWST*
  16. Roud #957
  17. BI, LP29