“The Tan-Yard Side”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1884 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3956))
Keywords: courting exile sea return
Found in: Britain(England(Lond)) US(MA) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland


The singer loves a girl who lives by the tan-yard side. After a year of courtship, they prepare to be wed, but her father has him sent to sea. He vows to marry her if he ever returns

Same tune

Cross references




  1. Laws M28, "The Tan-Yard Side"
  2. Peacock, pp. 592-593, "The Slaney Side" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  3. Creighton-NovaScotia 76, "Down By the Tan-Yard Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. O'Conor, p. 25, "The Tan Yard Side" (1 text)
  5. OLochlainn 41, "Down by the Tanyard Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. SHenry H52b pp. 429-430, "The Slaney Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT 585, TANYARD
  8. ADDITIONAL: Maud Karpeles, _Folk Songs of Europe_, Oak, 1956, 1964, p. 69, "Down by the Tanyard Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Roud #1021
  10. BI, LM28