“Susan Carr”


Billy Green and Susan Carr had courted, but she turns to Thompson instead. Green challenges Thompson for the right to her hand. Green kills Thompson and drowns himself. Susan dies soon after. All three are buried together


The notes in Henry/Huntington/Herrmann speculate that this may be related to Laws P33, "Susannah Clargy" (one of the most obscure of the Laws ballads). I strongly doubt there is any link. There are common elements -- a girl with two lovers, and a death, as well as the similar names of the heroines -- but many different elements as well. "Susan Carr" sees the two suitors do battle, while "Susannah Clargy" is a song of suicide with the lover's ghost coming back to take her away. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H,690 p. 416, "Susan Carr" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7964
  3. BI, HHH690


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1937 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland