MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Pretty Squadron

John James NFLD 2 Tape 10 Track 11
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

I will never forget when l met
Sweet Cora my pretty squadron
I can still see her eyes shining yet
As she vowed she be true neath the moon

Her form was as radiantly fair (?)
She had cheeks like the wild rose in June
And in ringlets her dark glossy hair
Was fine pearl of my pretty squadron

Oh my my pretty squadron
A flower that faded too soon
My heart like the strings on my banjo
I broke for my pretty squadron

Oh who were so happy as we
We lived like a flower in June
And the light of her dark rolling eyes
Shined on an old _______ like me

But happiness will fade like a rose
And before the next full of the moon
The drummer(?) will knock at my door
And steal Cora my pretty squadron

Oh my pretty squadron
A flower that faded too soon
My heart like the strings on my banjo
I broke for my pretty squadron

Farewell to the hungry green fields
Farewell to the green ________
Where Cora and l often strayed

I can feel those cold northern breeze
For they sound on the hill like a drum
Oh soon there would be a bad day
A day of the _________ to come

One plunge in a dark muddy stream
One struggle and all will be o'er
My life floats away like a dream
The vice(?) of a drummer no more

My soul will find rest in the tomb
My spirit will fly to the spot
And keep guard on my pretty squadron

Oh my pretty squadron
A flower that faded too soon
My heart like the strings on my banjo
l broke for my pretty squadron


Notes


Text : A song laments his sadness at leaving his beloved in death.   He plans that his spirit will return to watch over and protect her.

Tune :   The form starts with verse, verse chorus twice but then there are four verses and a chorus.   The melody is the same for both chorus and verse, although the first two verses do seem to be slightly different all following verses are consistent.   The meter is 6/8 and the tune is in A-flat major ending on D-flat.   The range is an octave.

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