“Died for Love (III) (Early, Early)”


The singer hears a girl sighing, "The lad I love is gone far away." "He's gone and left me now in grief and woe, And where to find him I do not know. I'll search these green fields and valleys low." She wishes she had wings to hunt Willie


This is one of those songs where you simply cannot tell if it's the remnant of something else (it reminds me of Jean Redpath's "When I Look tae Yon High Hills") or a collection of floating lines or just a short piece on a commonplace theme. - RBW


  • Robert Cinnamond, "Early, Early, by the Break of Day" (on IRRCinnamond03)


  1. SHenry H89, p. 287, "Early, Early" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3817
  3. BI, HHH089


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland