“Away Down East (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Linscott)
Keywords: talltale travel trick suicide mother
Found in: US(NE)

Description

"There's a famous fabled country never seen by mortal eyes... And this famous fabled country is away down east." A man sets out to seek the place, and eventually is tricked into jumping off an east-facing cliff. His mother mourns

Supplemental text

Away Down East (I)
  Partial text(s)

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From Eloise Hubbard Linscott, Folk Songs of Old New England, pp. 158-160.
From Jennie Hardy Linscott.

There's a famous fabled country never seen by mortal eyes,
Where the punkins are a-growin', and the sun is said to rise,
Which man doth not inhabit, Neither reptile, bird, nor beast.
But one thing we're assured of, it's AWAY DOWN EAST.

(3 additional stanzas)

References

  1. Linscott, pp. 158-160, "Away Down East" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 533-535, "Away Down East" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST BNEF533 (Partial)
  4. Roud #3726
  5. BI, BNEF533