MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Galveston Rose
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 12
Trepassey Audio:

Down in old southern Texas l wandered one day
Where the tropical sea-breezes blow
I there fell in love with a flower so rare
And they called her my Galveston rose

Her heart was as true as her blue smiling eyes
As pure as the Lillie that grows
But the finest of gold in no way could compare
With the pearls of my Galveston rose

I grew jealous and falsely accused her one day
Sayin’ a love l no longer should know
You can truly believe me her little heart cried
So I left her my Galveston rose

Little then did l think that someday I’d repay
And would weep every sorrow and care
But as years passed along l grew lonely each day
For the one l had left waiting there

So l wrote to my darling and said I was wrong
I’ll return dear if you'd only wed
But soon came the message my flower had died
And these are the words l had read

Your sweetheart is peacefully sleeping tonight
In a grave where the white violets grow
But enclosed here’s the curl that was token of love
And a note from my 'Galveston Rose

I was innocent dear though you left me alone
Remember I loved only you
But the curl that’s enclosed is a leaf from the rose
I’ll be waiting in heaven for you


Text: A man falls in love with a beautiful girl in southern Texas known as the Galveston Rose. He grows jealous and leaves her. Later he writes a letter apologizing and proposing marriage. He is informed of her death as well as a note and a rose leaf left for him.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The key is F# major with a range of a major 6th from C# to A#. The meter seems to be in 6/8 but the second and fourth lines are consistently shorter, with a bar of 3/8 rest at the end of each.

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