“Just As the Tide Was Flowing”


A sailor and girl stop "Beneath the shade and branches round, What they done there will never be known So long as the tides are flowing." She gives him gold. He goes to the alehouse and drinks "to the girl that never said no" or spent it on other girls.


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(3634), "Just As the Tide Was Flowing," J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Harding B 11(1951), Harding B 11(1952), "Just As the Tide Was Flowing"; Johnson Ballads 1837, "Tide is Flowing"; Firth c.12(274), "Just As the Tide is Flowing"


  • Harry Cox, "Just As the Tide Was A-Flowing" (on Voice12)


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 66, "Down Where the Tide Was Flowing" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1105
  3. BI, GrMa066


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3634))
Found in: Britain(England(Lond)) Canada(Newf)