The Maid I Left Behind

This song, more popular in America than in England, was popular as a printed 19th-century broadside.

Dumfries is a market town in Southern Scotland.

Cox's Folksongs of the South (1925) gives references, as does Doerflinger's Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman. The words to Doerflinger's version come from a Nova Scotia woodsman, which he set to melody from the Gardner and Chickering's Ballads and Songs of Southern Michigan (1939).