“James Kennedy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love river drowning death
Found in: Ireland


James Kennedy goes to visit his sweetheart; he comes to the Moyola and, unable to swim, is swept away. None is brave enough to rescue him. His parents wonder why he was visiting Moyola on the Sabbath. His fiancee is told they will meet at his grave


Roud treats this as a variant of Laws Q33, "The Lake of Cool Finn (Willie Leonard)." But this song is explicit: Kennedy could not swim. "Cool Finn" lacks any such theme. - RBW


  1. SHenry H633, p. 147, "James Kennedy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #189
  3. BI, H633