“Raglan Road”

Author: Patrick Kavanagh (1904/05-1967)
Earliest date: 1978 (Harte)
Keywords: love beauty
Found in: Ireland

Description

"On Raglan Road of an Autumn day, I saw her first and knew, That her dark hair would weave a snare That I might someday rue." "I loved too much, and by such and such Is happiness thrown away." The singer warns of the dangers of courting "an angel."

Notes

Although I know of no traditional collections, Harte thinks this is becoming a traditional song.

There is an interesting reference to "The Queen of Hearts still making tarts." Is this a reference to "Alice," or to the rhyme Carroll used as the basis for the adventures in Wonderland? It's not clear. - RBW

References

  1. DT, RAGLANRD*
  2. ADDITIONAL: Frank Harte _Songs of Dublin_, second edition, Ossian, 1993, pp. 14-15, "Raglan Road" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, Har014