MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Down The Streets in London
Ned Stamp NFLD 2 Tape 11A Track 4
St. Vincent's Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: All right
NED STAMP: Ready?
LEACH: Yeah
NED STAMP: Hol' on till l get the right air of it now. [laughter]
(Sings)

Down the streets in London l heard a mournful cry
A girl was weeping bitterly her true love stood close by
She cried do not desert me for you know my heart will break
Oh don't desert me cries the girl you know I’m in disgrace

Chorus:
Oh what have changed you do you forget
Once we were lovers the first time we met
Once we were lovers but now you're my downfall
I am neglected and slighted by all

Once you said you loved me and then l knew no fear
Once you kissed and flattered my bonny face and hair
But now you're trying to cast me off and leave me in my shame
Oh don't desert me cries the girl and then she did explain

Chorus:
Oh what have changed you do you forget
Once we were lovers the first time we met
Once we were lovers but now you're my downfall
I am neglected and slighted by all

The young man the cause of all her woe was standing by her side
She forgave him for all he had done just as she kissed her babe and died
The p'licemen and the crowds around most ev'ryone in tears
And as they turned their backs twas those words rang in their ears

Chorus:
Oh what have changed you do you forget
Once we were lovers the first time we met
Once we were lovers but now you're my downfall
I am neglected and slighted by all


Notes


Text: An unwed girl, abandoned by her beloved, dies after childbirth.

Tune: This song alternates verse and chorus, but the melody remains the same. The singer holds onto words in the middle of some phrases.   Mrs. Stamp joins in as a duet on the second line of the second verse.   The meter is 4/4 although some lines drop beats.   The key is basically G major with an emphasis on the dominant note of D.   The tonic pitch slides between a sharp F# and a low G according to standard pitch.

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