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Thread #162110   Message #3856230
Posted By: GUEST,Owen
21-May-17 - 02:05 AM
Thread Name: Origins: As I Roved Out - last verse
Subject: Origins: As I Roved Out - last verse
Hello!

Does anybody know what's up with the last verse of Andy Irvine's version of this song? It just doesn't add up. It would just be a complete non-sequitur if not for the last line:

"In hopes that you and I might meet again."

Who is he going to meet? Didn't he just see his true love? And isn't he lying in bed with the lassie with the land?

Adding to the confusion is that I see the lyrics listed on some sites as "If I'd (rather than I) married the lassie that had the land" in the earlier verse.

The only thing that almost makes sense is that he didn't really marry the lassie with the land, but signed up for the army instead. Then he lets his lover believe he's marrying into security rather than going into some danger.

I saw on some site I had open a minute ago that perhaps this song originated around the time of the famine, which only gives the singer a reason to abandon his love and doesn't seem to help with understanding the last verse.

Thanks for any ideas!