“The Little Thatched Cabin”


The singer recalls the "little thatched cabin Where first shone the light of my life's early morn." He describes learning from and working for his parents. Now he is old, "and kind fortune smiles on me," but he would trade the fortune to be a boy again


Sam Henry thought, based on a reference to vines, that this song originated in America. I'm not sure that constitutes proof, but I seem to recall seeing a very similar poem -- somewhere. So he is likely right. - RBW


  • Big John Maguire, "The Neatly Thatched Cabin" (on Voice20)


  1. SHenry H91, p. 156, "The Little Thatched Cabin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #8121
  3. BI, HHH091


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