“Yon Green Valley”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951 (Creighton-Maritime)
Keywords: loneliness courting love sex marriage promise warning farewell abandonment baby lover oldmaid floatingverses
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Hebr)) Canada(Mar)


Singer tells of a young man who courted her and swore he'd be true; for 11 months he was, but then left. She reminds him of his promise, but he must obey his "father's counsel." She recommends the single life, for "a contented mind bears no slavery."

Cross references



  1. Kennedy 168, "Yon Green Valley" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 86-87, "Yon Green Valley" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 51, "Yon Green Vallee" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Manny/Wilson 72, "Green Valley (The First Young Man Came A-Courting Me)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Roud #2125
  7. BI, K168