MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
St. Patrick’s Day
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 6
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

Now come all of ye true sons of Eryin
Come listen a while unto me
You'll find I’m a poor worn out creature
Condoling here under a tree

While the heart from my bosom was torn
The truth unto ye I’ll declare
Young James was the flower of this island
And e’s left me in grief and despair

Now when first I beheld that young hero
The hills and the valleys were green
And the leaves they were all in full blossom
Most beautiful there to be seen

As she sat in her lone shady bower
Those charming sweet notes she did play
And the blackbird and thrush joined in chorus
Wit' her on St. Patrick's Day

Now my friends and my parents consulted
And they found l was so well inclined
False stories they told to my true love
To banish me out of his mind

But all that they said was a folly
Ev'ry morning and evening I’ll pray
I’m in hopes for to meet him wit’ pleasure
Once more on St. Patrick's Day

Now young James is the flower of this island
The same I will never deny
And the beautiful words that he told me
I’ll never forget till I’ll die

But now he is crossing the ocean
Every morning and evening I’ll pray
In hopes that I’ll meet him wit' pleasure
Once more on St. Patrick's Day


Notes


Text: Two lovers meet on St. Patrick's Day.   His family disparage the girl to her beloved and he leaves for the New World.   She hopes that she will meet him again on another St. Patrick's Day.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The last word is spoken. Speaking, instead of singing a final word or phrase is generally thought to indicate Irish influence on the singer or song. The meter is 6/8. The key is B major but the seventh is missing. The range is a major 10 th from B to D#.

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