“Farewell, Sweet Mary”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (Belden)
Keywords: courting drink separation
Found in: US(Ap,MW,So)

Description

The singer points out to Mary that her parents disapprove of him and that he is "ruined forever / By the loving of you." He enters the army; when he returns, his love is lost. He drowns his sorrows in drink

Cross references

References

  1. Belden, p. 487, "Poor Stranger a Thousand Miles from Home" (1 text, a short item which seems to combine "The Poor Stranger," "Farewell, Sweet Mary," and perhaps some floating items)
  2. Eddy 82, "Farewell, Sweet Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. JHCox 146, "Farewell, Sweet Mary" (1 text)
  4. DT, (YONDRMTN* -- a version which is mostly "Pretty Saro" but has points of contact with this also)
  5. Roud #414
  6. BI, E082