“On the Banks of the Pamanaw”


The singer sees an Indian girl sitting alone but unafraid. She explains that her family is dead and her lover has abandoned her. He offers to take her "to a better land, to a pale-face countree." She will not come; she has vowed to stay there


Just to prevent mistakes: Yes, that is "Pamanaw," not "Panama." - RBW

Labrador-Leach is indeed "Panama," not my typo.

The "Baltic Line" may refer to Admiral Charles Napier's Baltic excursion against the Russians in the Crimean War [cf. broadside Bodleian, Harding B 13(181), "Bold Napier," E.M.A. Hodges (London), 1855-1861; tune: "Low-Back'd Car"] - BS


  1. Laws H11, "On the Banks of the Pamanaw"
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 451-452, "The Banks of the Pamanaw" (1 text)
  3. Beck 46, "On the Banks of the Pamanaw" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Peacock, pp. 424-426, "The Banks of Penmanah" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  5. Leach-Labrador 95, "Banks of Panama" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. DT 792, PAMANAW
  7. Roud #2196
  8. BI, LH11


Alternate titles: “The Banks of Pondamah”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931
Found in: US(MW) Canada(Newf)