“The Lover's Return (III)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Fuson)
Keywords: love separation return reunion floatingverses
Found in: US(Ap)


Mostly floating verses: "If I had listened to mother, I would not a-been here today." "Let him go, let him go, God bless him, He's mine where ever he may be." "I have a ship out on the ocean." At the end, "My own sweet Robert" arrives from over the sea


There may be a line or two in this song not paralleled elsewhere. There may not, too. But the combination is unique: The first verse and the "Let him go" chorus imply a betrayal song, the second verse is the floating "I have a ship on the ocean... but before my true love would suffer"; the last verse is closest to unique as it involves the man's return. - RBW


  1. Fuson, p. 111, "The Lover's Return" (1 text)
  2. Roud #16411
  3. BI, Fus111