“Tossing of the Hay”


The singer goes out on a summer morning and sees a beautiful girl tossing her hay alone. She reports that her brother has left her alone. He kisses her; she screams; he promises that if she marries him, there will be time to mow the hay


Why do I get the feeling that this happened somewhere along the Banks of the Bann?

According to Purslow, this occurs as a broadside called "Joy After Sorrow," but the text of that title I've seen does not appear to be the same piece. - RBW


  • Eddie Butcher, "Tossing the Hay" (on Voice05, IREButcher01)


  1. SHenry H635, pp. 455-456, "The Tossing o' the Hay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Karpeles-Newfoundland 80, "The New Mown Hay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #2940
  4. BI, HHH635


Alternate titles: “The Raking of the Hay”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Karpeles-Newfoundland)
Found in: Canada(Newf) Ireland