“Porto Rico”


Fragment: "Must I go to Porto Rico/Must I sail the dark blue sea?/Must I fight for you, my darling/Until death shall set me free?"


Barely even a fragment, but I include it on the chance it may turn out to be part of a full song that we find some day. - PJS

Roud lumps this with a fragment in Brown, which mentions Virginia rather than Puerto Rico, and which otherwise looked to me like "East Virginia (Dark Hollow)." Which just shows how mysterious the thing is.

Historical references

  • 1898: Spanish-American War, in which the U. S. captures Puerto Rico and other territories from Spain


  1. SharpAp 249, "Porto Rico" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3659
  3. BI, ShAp249


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Found in: US(Ap)