“The Prisoner's Song (V)”


"Within this prison cell so dreary, I mourn away my weary heart." The singer must forever part from "my only darling." His love sends him a rose, and thinks him innocent, though he has "no hope of pardon." He will wear the rose as he is executed


This, like almost everything else in the Vass Family repertoire, souds half-familiar; I have to think it's another of their rewrites of something else. But it's not clear what. - RW


  1. Shellans, p. 74, "The Prisoner's song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7325
  3. BI, Shel074


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (collected by Shellans from J. Ralph Vass)
Found in: US(SE)