“Three Leaves of Shamrock”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: death mourning burial mother brother sister emigration separation Ireland
Found in: US(SE)


The singer, about to leave Ireland, meets a poor girl who bids him take a message to her brother Ned: "Three leaves of shamrock... 'Take these to my brother, for I have no other. And these are the shamrock from his dear old mother's grave.'"



  1. BrownII 135, "Three Leaves of Shamrock" (1 text plus mention of 4 more)
  2. ST BrII135 (Full)
  3. Roud #3769
  4. BI, BrII135