“When a Man's in Love”


The singer asks his sweetheart to allow him into her room; she convinces him to stay by the fire. He tells her he has courted her long enough despite her parents' opposition; he will go to America. She agrees to be married (or spend the night together)


In McWilliams's version she agrees to be married. - BS

Cross references


  • Robert Cinnamond, "When a Man's In Love" (on IRRCinnamond02)
  • A. L. Lloyd, "When a Man's In Love" (on Lloyd1)
  • Paddy Tunney, "When a Man's In Love" (on FSB1); "When A Man's in Love He Feels No Cold" (on Voice01); "When a Man's in Love" (on IRPTunney01)


  1. Laws O20, "When a Man's in Love"
  2. Dean, pp. 110-111, "The Boy of Love" (1 text, lacking the ending)
  3. Creighton/Senior, pp. 214-215,"When A Man's In Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Karpeles-Newfoundland 59, "A Man in Love" (1 text, 3 tunes)
  5. SHenry H211, p. 479, "When a Man's in Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Tunney-StoneFiddle, pp. 96-97, "When a Man's In Love He Feels No Cold" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Kennedy 143, "When a Man's in Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Lomax-FSNA 76, "When a Man's in Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. DT 747, MANLOVE
  10. ADDITIONAL: John Moulden, Songs of Hugh McWilliams, Schoolmaster, 1831 (Portrush,1993), p. 2, "A Man in Love"
  11. Roud #990
  12. BI, LO20


Author: Hugh McWilliams (source: Moulden-McWilliams)
Earliest date: 1831 (according to Moulden-McWilliams)
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland US(MW)