MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Killing The Deer And The Wild Buffalo
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 11
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

I’ll sing you a song it may seem a sad one
Of my trials and my troubles when first I begun
I left my own country my kingdom and home
Far away o'er the meadows and valleys to roam

I joined the _______ I followed their trail
They led us over valleys and mountain and dale
Where often I traveled a hunting the fur
Killing the deer and the wild Buffalo

We traveled three weeks till we came to a gap
Where our knapsacks and blankets we spread on the grass
Our mules and our horses were grazing along
We took refreshments on the green grassy ground

We stayed there all night and twas early next day
When a band of mad Indians came down from their den
Each man took his rifle with a flash in his eyes
Brave boys cried our Captain we'll fight till we die

Our brave little band it was scarce twenty-two
While that of mad Indians a hundred or more
But by our bold dash they came near us no more
Their arrows flew round us like hail and like snow

We shot down their bold chief the head of their gang
He died like a warrior wit’ his gun in his hand
When they saw their bold chief lying dead in his gore
They yelled and they shouted, we saw them no more

We saddled our horses and followed their trail
Six bloody battles we fought on the plain
And in out last battle six of our men fell
We laid them to rest in a dark shady dell


Notes


Text: A young man went to the New World and works as a deer and buffalo hunter. One morning his group of 22 is attacked by a band of over 100 Indians. They fight bravely and kill the Indian’s Chief where upon the Indian band flees. The smaller group follows, fighting six battles and losing six of their men.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The meter is 6/8. The key is D major with a range of a minor 10th from B to D.

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