“Once There Lived a Captain”


A sea captain sails before he can marry. He returns and finds the girl has left her father's house for a nunnery. There he finds she has gone to an asylum. At the asylum he finds she died the previous night. At her side he kills himself with his sword.


  • Jean "Sauce" Driscoll, "The Sea Captain" (on IRTravellers01)
  • John Reilly, "Once There Lived a Captain" (on Voice17)


  1. Roud #3376
  2. BI, RcOTLACa


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1967 (recording, John Reilly)
Found in: Ireland