“The Black Velvet Band (III)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (recording, Stanley G. Triggs)
Keywords: loneliness love rambling separation beauty clothes burial death work supernatural lover worker ghost
Found in: Can(West)

Description

Singer loves a girl who wears a blue (black) velvet band. He leaves her to find work. She appears to him by firelight; he returns home, to discover or learn from his captain that she has died. She is buried wearing his ring and the velvet band

Notes

The relationship to the other "Black Velvet Band" songs is clear -- this one shares the chorus "Her cheeks were the full flush of nature/Her beauty it seemed to expand/Her hair hung down in long tresses/Tied back by the blue velvet band." But the theme of betrayal common in the other songs is wholly absent; in this case the lady is innocent, and dies. So I separate them. - PJS

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References

  1. DT, BLUEVEL2, BLUVELV2
  2. BI, RcBlVel3