“Leaving Old England”


The singer is sadly leaving England, and asks for his mother's blessing as he departs. He regrets leaving home, but poverty forces him away. He comments on England's social system that is so hard on the poor.


Meredith amd Anderson suggest that this might be the ancestor of "Botany Bay"; the tunes are similar. There is, however, no firm evidence of this. - RBW


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 55-56, "Leaving Old England" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, MA055


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1954
Found in: Australia