“Finn Waterside”


The singer wanders out and hears his true love call him to Finn waterside. Her(?) parents are sending/exiling her(?) to America. She says she loves only him. He (or she) bids farewell to the local beauties


This song, at least in the Henry version, is very confusing; with no indication of speakers, it is not clear whether the girl or the boy is being exiled (let alone for what reason), nor whether the final scene is a parting by the one being exiled or a promise by the other to come along, accompanied by a farewell to the old home. - RBW


  1. SHenry H240, p. 192, "Finn Waterside" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13548
  3. BI, HHH240


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: emigration
Found in: Ireland