“The Well of Spring Water”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1972 (Munnelly/Deasy-Lenihan)
Keywords: courting love marriage children derivative
Found in: Ireland


Singer met a lass on her way to a well "who at once won my admiration" (more than his mother!). He declares his love. They fall into the well. They can't remember the rest that was said but married soon after. Their daughter Maureen is like her mother.


There can be no doubt that this song derives from "The Can of Spring Water" but that is a seduction ballad with different details, lines and tone from this. Roud assigns the same number to both. - BS

Cross references



  1. Munnelly/Deasy-Lenihan 6, "The Well of Spring Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #5215
  3. BI, RcWeSpWa