“Dear Mother”


"I'm going away to leave you... Don't weep for me, dear mother, For I'll be back someday." The singer's girl has abandoned him; he will cross the sea to find another, then return to mother. But she dies and tells him to trust in God before he can return


I have a feeling this is a composite of an emigration song with a religious song, with perhaps one of those "Don't leave your mother when her hair turns gray" songs thrown in as well. But they've all been thoroughly mixed up. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 210-211, "Dear Mother" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4214
  3. BI, MHAp210


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (JAFL 45, from Granville Gadsey)
Found in: US(Ap)