“Erin Far Away (I)”


An Irish soldier lies fatally wounded in India. He asks his brother to tell his parents that he died nobly. He asks his brother to mark has grave so that his love can plant a shamrock on it. He dies and is buried; the other soldiers return to Erin


This song is frankly so close to Laws J7 that I find it impossible to tell them apart. Even the first lines in Laws's sample versions are similar. Laws does not give reasons for the distinction. One should therefore examine the references for both songs. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1857-1858 - Sepoy Mutiny in India. The inhabitants of Northern India revolt against the East India Company on behalf of their ancestral customs (many of which, such as the murder of widows, were abhorrent to Western opinion)

Cross references


  1. Laws J6, "Erin Far Away I"
  2. Creighton-NovaScotia 71, "Erin Far Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Dibblee/Dibblee, pp. 84-85, "Old Erin Far Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT 548, ERINWAY1
  5. Roud #1805
  6. BI, LJ06


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Found in: Canada(Mar,Ont) Ireland