MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Young Carolina
Thomas Williams NFLD 2 Tape 12 Track 5
St. Vincent's Audio:

LEACH: All right
Thomas Williams: (sings) It hein' of
(Speaks) Hold on now till I get it.

A man's daughter, Carolina is her name, we are told
One day from her drawing room window
She admired a young sailor bold.

His eyes were like two sparkling diamonds
His hair it was blacker then jet
Car'line she watched his departure
Went round and young Willie she met.

She said, "I’m a nobleman's daughter
Worth thirty-five thousand in gold
I’ll forsake both my father and mother
To wed with a young sailor bold."

"Be advised, stay at home with your parents
And do by them what you are told
And never let anyone persuade you
To wed with a young sailor bold."

She says, "There’s none can persuade me
One moment to alter my mind
I’ll dress myself like a young sailor
You never will leave me behind."

Three times with her true love got shipwrecked
But still unto him she proved true
Her duty she done like a sailor
Went aloft in her jacket of blue.

Her old father being all this time weeping
While the tears down his cheeks they did roll
At length they arrived into England
Car'line and her young sailor bold.

Saying, "Father dear Father, forgive me
Deprive me forever of gold
But grant me this favour I'll ask you
To wed with a young sailor bold."

The favour was already granted
And a portion of money laid down
Car'line and her true love got married
Lived happy together in town.


Text: The daughter of a nobleman falls in love with a young sailor. Instead of staying behind, she dons a “jacket of blue” and disguises herself as a man, going to sea with her lover. After being shipwrecked three times, the couple returns and are married with the blessing of her father.

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 D-flat major with a range of a minor seventh from C to B-flat.

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