“Peter and I Went Down the Lane”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Gardner/Chickering)
Keywords: love courting death homicide betrayal sister
Found in: US(MW)

Description

"Peter and I went down the lane, down the lane (x2), Peter and I went down the lane, And sister came behind." Both sisters love Peter. "Sister was bending over the well When splash, splash in she fell." The survivor marries Peter; he abandons her

Notes

Gardner and Chickering file this as a version of "The Twa Sisters," and certainly it appears to be the same plot. But the tune approximates "London Bridge," and the story is simplified. While it's probably built upon "The Twa Sisters," I'd call it a separate song. - RBW

References

  1. Gardner/Chickering 2, "The Two Sisters" (2 texts, 2 tunes, but the "A" text is "Child #10, but the "B" text is this) {B=Bronson's #97}
  2. Roud #8
  3. BI, C010A