This is a Canadian version of a popular broadside ballad that is still sung all over the UK and Ireland. It was collected here from the singing of LaRena Clark. The song is probably referring to the British / French engagements in Egypt between 1798 and 1801. In the song is a dialogue between a departing soldier and his sweetheart who's is offering to come along as a "camp follower". Since British troops were often moved from one far-flung post to another, this song would have been as relevant in Canada as anywhere else.
It's sung on the sound file by Anne Lederman - from the 1991 recording "A Grand Musical Entertainment".
|Title||Banks Of The Nile|
|Subject||Social Life & Love Politics & Conflict Songs of LaRena Clark|
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