“Belle Brandon”


"'Neath a tree by the margin of the woodland... There I saw the little beauty, Belle Brandon, And we met 'neath the old arbor tree." The singer tells of carving their names in a tree. Now she is dead, and "sleeps 'neath the old arbor tree."


Randolph, probably based on Spaeth's _History of Popular Music in America_, p. 130, reports the publication of a song called "Bell Brandon" in 1860 (by T. E. Garrett and Francis Woolcott), and a report that sheet music was printed in 1854. He apparently did not know if they were the same song, and I have no way of checking the matter. - RBW

Broadside LOCSinging as100900: J. Andrews dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS


  • LOCSinging, as100900, "Belle Brandon", J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859; also as100890, "Belle Brandon"
  • NLScotland, L.C.1269(154a), "Belle Brandon, The Beauty of the Valley," Poet's Box (Glasgow?), 1865


  1. Randolph 805, "Belle Brandon" (1 text)
  2. Fife-Cowboy/West 48, "Belle Brandon" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #7423
  4. BI, R805


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1859 (Beadle's Dime Song Books)
Keywords: love courting death
Found in: US(So)