“The Black Water Side”


A boy and girl have long been courting. He offers to marry her; she objects that she is too poor. He says that, though he loves only her, this is her only chance; he has another girl in reserve. She gains her mother's permission and they are married


Not to be confused with Kennedy's song "Down by Blackwaterside" ("Abroad As I Was Walking"), which is a seduction ballad. The two appear to have cross-fertilized heavily, but the plots are distinct. - RBW


  1. Laws O1, "The Black Water Side"
  2. Flanders/Olney, pp. 39-41, "Black Water Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. SHenry H811, pp. 461-462, "The Blackwaterside" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Peacock, pp. 503-504, "The Blackwater Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Roud #312
  6. BI, LO01


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (Flanders/Olney)
Found in: US(NE) Ireland Canada(Newf)