In this song, a young woman meets her lover by "the banks of red roses", where he plays her a tune on his tunebox; she later begs him not to leave her.
Jeannie Robertson first heard this song sung by old people when she was very young.
Three verses of four lines. Though not explicit in this version, the song usually continues with either the seduction and abandonment of the young woman by the man, or her murder and burial.
Greig-Duncan vol. 7, no. 1444
'The Scots Musical Museum' vol. 1 (J. Johnson & R. Burns, 1853) p. 8, no. 7
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 222-223
'Till Doomsday in the Afternoon' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1986) pp. 230-231