This is a very popular standard on the folk circuit in Ireland and beyond. It tells of a young Englishman leaving his pregnant sweetheart behind as he goes off to fight in the Spanish War of Succession. It’s amazing just how many anti-war songs there are in the folk world, many harking back to conflicts fought hundreds of years ago. You would think that the lesson would have been learned by now but no, sadly, humans never seem to learn by the mistakes of those who fell before.
On the bright side, we do get some great folk songs from the turmoil and suffering; think clouds and silver lining (although we could probably do without any more of them). Enjoy.