“The False Young Man (The False True Lover)”


The lover invites (her) old true love in; it has been most of a year since she saw him. He will not come; he has another love. She recalls how he could make her believe "the sun rose up in the west." She stays at home (with the cradle) (and curses him)


This is clearly a conflate song; the first verses are from American texts of "Loving Henry"; the end is from some sort of betrayal song. - RBW

And one verse seems to be lifted from "House Carpenter." - PJS

Cross references

  • cf. "Young Hunting" [Child 68] (lyrics)
  • cf. "A False-Hearted Love" (lyrics, theme)


  1. Sharp/Karpeles-80E 42, "The False Young Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 58, "The False Young Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 164, "False True Love" (1 text)
  5. Roud #419
  6. BI, SKE42


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918
Found in: US(Ap)