John Reilley, Lyric Variant 02


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John Reilley, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper right corner was folded into the laminate. The lower right corner was folded into the laminate. There are several minor tears at the top edge. There is some moderate acid-related staining on the document.


Ballads, English Ballads, Irish Courtship -- Songs and music Love -- Songs and music Homecoming -- Songs and music Sailors -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

John Reiley. George Reilly. John Riley. John Riley's Courtship. George Riley. The Constant Damsel


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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John Reilly.

As I walked out one morning early,
That I might meet the bracing air.
'Twas there I spied a young Irish lady,
Who seemed to me like diamonds fair.

I stepped up to her and kindly asked her
If she would be a sailor's bride.
Oh, no , said she , I' , too young to marryxedx
I'd rather lead a single life.

Oh no, kind sir, if I may tell you,
I could have been married full three years ago
Unto a man that they call John Reilly,
And he was the cause of my overthrow.

And when he found that her love was loyal,
Kisses he gave her, both one, two, and three.
I am the man that they call John Reilly
And I was the cause of your overthrow.

Come , let us marry, and no longer tarry,
I've laid up riches in great store.
We'll sail the ocean, and meet promotion,
For I do vow I'll leave you no more.

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John Reilley, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

John Reilly

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 93 Randolph, 56 Cox, 95

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216 mm x 357 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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