“Ann o' Drumcroon”

Author: Andrew Orr
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love courting beauty separation emigration
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer says that the girls around him are no match for the beauty of Ann, pure, artless, shy, true, sweet, and otherwise sickeningly likeable. But he must go over the sea and bid her farewell; he sighs for Ireland and for Ann

Notes

In this particular instance, the song's author Andrew Orr did emigrate (to Australia). Whether the rest of the song is historical is not clear; it's interesting that he wrote at least one other song (Mary, the Pride of Killowen) with the same plot but a different heroine. - RBW

References

  1. SHenry H26a+246, pp. 248-249, "Ann o' Drumcroon" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13338
  3. BI, HHH026a