“The Wandering Girl”


The singer's lover has deserted her and their baby. She'll go home but knows she'll be turned away by her mother. "She'll tell me to wander as I've wandered before." She warns girls not to trust young men.


The Bodleian broadsides have the girl turned away by her father as well as her mother.

Floating lines may include "Once I loved a young man as dear as my life He oftentimes told me he'd make me his wife," "Once I was as fair as the bud of a Rose And now I'm as pale as the Lilly [sic] that grows" and "They'll kiss you and court you and swear they'll be true And the very next moment they'll bid you adieu." - BS


  • Bodleian, Firth c.18(104), "The Wandering Girl" ("Once I loved a young man as dear as my life"), T. Batchelar (London), 1817-1828; also Harding B 11(4028), Harding B 25(1998), Harding B 11(4027), "[The] Wandering Girl"; Harding B 25(1996), Harding B 11(244), Harding B 11(245), "The Wandering Girl" or "The Bud of Rose"


  • Freda Palmer, "The Wandering Girl" (on Voice10)


  1. Roud #1691
  2. BI, RcTWaGir


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1829 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.18(104))
Found in: Britain(England(Lond))