MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Fuller & Warren
Dick Stamp NFLD 2 Tape 11A Track 1
St. Vincent's Audio:
Ballad

Ye sons of Columbia attention all I’ll pray
And listen to a story I’m going to tell
It happened here of late in an Indiana State
Of a hero who but a few could excel

He was handsome independent he was comely and fair
But a sweeter hero never yet was known
But sorry for to say instead of a wedding day
Young Fuller he lies silent in his home

Like Samson he courted the fairest of the fair
He thought she would be his wedded wife
But like Ella the fair she did his heart unswear
And robbed him of his honour and his life

He gave to her a gold ring as a token of true love
He thought her the image of a dove
To get married then with speed they mut'ally [sic] agreed
And he swore by all powers above

When Fuller came to hear he was deprived of his dear
He swore in his heart he would wed
Wit’ his heart full of woe to young Warren he did go
And smiling to young Warren he said

Young man you know you've wronged me you gratify your cause
By reporting that I’ve left a prudent wife
Now acknowledge that you've wronged me or I will break the law
For Warren I’ll deprive you of your life

Warren made reply your request l do deny
For my heart unto your darling is bound
But for the more I’ll say this is our wedding day
In spite of all the heroes in the town

Young Fuller in a passion of love and anger flew
And this fair one began for to cry
And wit’ one fatal shot he shot Warren on the spot
And smiling said I’m ready for to die

Young Fuller was condemned by the honour of jury bold
In the land of lorn(?) alone for to die
To die an un-human death to hang upon the yard
Like a highwayman upon the gallis high

The time was drawing nigh when young Fuller he must die
And smiling said I’ll bid you all adieu
Like an angel he did stand for he was a handsome man
And upon his coat he wore a rose of blue

Tea thousand spectators they were all standing by
And the guards dropping tears from their eyes
Saying cursed was she who caused this misery
She ought in his place now to die

The smiling God of Love looking down from above
And the rope broke asunder here they stand
Two doctors there to pay commit murder on that day
And hung him by the main string of the hand(?)


Notes


Sources: Laws F16

Text: Fuller was engaged to his beloved who betrayed him with Warren. Out of passion he kills Warren and is sentenced to be hanged.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody is repeated. This singer hums to himself before starting the song. The last few words are 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 C# major with a range of a minor 9th (C#-D).

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