“Rachel Dear/The Maine Water Side”


The singer recalls the sad day Rachel fell into the river Maine and drowned. She is found by her cousin. Her family, friends, and sweetheart mourn. The song closes with a description of her beauty


One of the Sam Henry colums claims this is a true story and gives circumstantial details, but no dates. - RBW


  1. SHenry H62, pp. 148-149, "Rachel Dear/The Main Water Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9451
  3. BI, HHH062


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: river death
Found in: Ireland