“We Met, 'Twas in a Crowd”


"We met, 'twas in a crowd, and I thought he would shun me." The singer meets an old lover; they say little, but both are clearly moved. She, the rich girl, could not marry him because of her mother's opposition; both are now wed to others


This reminds me very much of "Lady Mary (The Sad Song)," though the form and the details are very different. There is also something of the feeling of Dickens here; see the ending of _Great Expectations_.

This is reported by Sam Henry to be quite popular, and is mentioned in John Masefield's "The Bird of Dawning." I will admit to some surprise; the song is distinctly flowery. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H638, p. 431, "We Met, 'Twas In a Crowd" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7959
  3. BI, HHH638


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland