“Foreign Lander”


"I've been a foreign lander full seven long years and more...." The singer has "conquered all my enemies," but is defeated by his love's beauty. He offers illustrations of how faithful he is, and would give anything to marry her


The Ritchie versions of this song mention a "Queen Ellen." England never had a "Queen Ellen"; in fact, I know of no Queen Ellen of any nation.

England did, however, have three Queens Eleanor: Eleanor of Aquitaine (wife of Henry II), Eleanor of Provence (wife of Henry III), and Eleanor of Castile (first wife of Edward I). - RBW


  • Martha Hall, "Foreign Lander" (on MMOK, MMOKCD)


  1. Ritchie-SingFam, pp. 64-66, "[I've Been a Foreign Lander]" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #5711
  3. BI, JRSF064


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955 (Ritchie)
Found in: US(Ap)