“The Tan-Yard Side”


The singer loves a girl who lives by the tan-yard side. After a year of courtship, they prepare to be wed, but her father has him sent to sea. He vows to marry her if he ever returns

Same tune

  • Fish and Chips (File: OLcM250)

Cross references

  • cf. "Fish and Chips" (tune)


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(3956), "The Tan-Yard Side," H. Disley (London), 1860-1883; also Firth b.26(335), 2806 b.11(19), "The Tan-Yard Side"; Firth c.16(467), "The Tanyard Side"; 2806 c.15(330)[some lines illegible], "The Slaney Side"
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(96b), "The Slaney Side," James Lindsay (Glasgow), c.1855


  • Frank Quinn, "The Tan Yard Side" (on Voice10)
  • Phoebe Smith, "The Tan Yard Side" (on Voice11)


  1. Laws M28, "The Tan-Yard Side"
  2. Peacock, pp. 592-593, "The Slaney Side" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  3. Creighton-NovaScotia 76, "Down By the Tan-Yard Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. O'Conor, p. 25, "The Tan Yard Side" (1 text)
  5. OLochlainn 41, "Down by the Tanyard Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. SHenry H52b pp. 429-430, "The Slaney Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT 585, TANYARD
  8. ADDITIONAL: Maud Karpeles, _Folk Songs of Europe_, Oak, 1956, 1964, p. 69, "Down by the Tanyard Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Roud #1021
  10. BI, LM28


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1884 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3956))
Keywords: courting exile sea return
Found in: Britain(England(Lond)) US(MA) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland