“Johnny Dunlay”


Johnny Dunlay meets the singer "by the side of Aymer's haunted hall." They part and he rides to battle. The "fair Saxon soldiers" ambush him. He kills the Saxon leader. She curses the traitor who shot Johnny by Aymer's hall. He dies in her arms.

Supplemental text

Johnny Dunlay
  Partial text(s)

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From Kenneth Peacock, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, Volume II,
pp. 471-472. Sung by Phillip Foley, Tilting, July 1952.

There's a tree in the greenwood I love best of all,
It stands by the side of Aymer's haunted hall,
It was there where the sunlight falls bright far away
Last we met 'neath its branches, my Johnny Dunlay.

(4 additional stanzas)


  1. Peacock, pp. 471-472, "Johnny Dunlay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Pea471 (Partial)
  3. Roud #6457
  4. BI, Pea471


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)