“Rosaleen Bawn”


The singer wishes Rosaleen Bawn to come away with him. He tells how the May moon is the perfect time to escape. He tells her she will soon forget her home, and that he will make her happy and, apparently, rich


It is by no means clear, from the song, whether the singer is rich, is handing the girl a line, or is just given to hyperbole. Sam Henry reports that the singer was courting the daughter of his employer, and had nothing to offer her. This doesn't really seem to suit the song. - RBW


  1. SHenry H63, p. 247, "Rosaleen Bawn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13337
  3. BI, HHH083


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