“The Old Elm Tree”


The singer recalls old elm tree by the mill where he courted Laura. They become engaged, he goes to sea. In his absence, others convince her he was untrue. She dies for love and is buried beneath the old elm tree


  • Eugene Jemison, "The Old Elm Tree" (on Jem01)


  1. Dean, pp. 27-28, "The Old Elm Tree" (1 text)
  2. Belden, p. 221, "The Old Elm Tree" (1 text)
  3. Randolph 708, "The Old Elm Tree" (1 text)
  4. McNeil-SFB2, pp. 174-176, "The Old Elm Tree" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Leach-Labrador 47, "The Old Elm Tree" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. DT, OLDELM*
  7. Roud #2795
  8. BI, R708


Author: Words: Sarah S. Bolton/Music: Joseph Philbrick Webster
Earliest date: 1871
Keywords: courting sea death burial
Found in: US(MW,NE,So) Canada(Newf)