MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Lake of Coll Finn
Din Dobbin NFLD 2 Tape 12A Track 2
St. Vincent's Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: Let her go
DOBBIN:

Early one morning young Willie arose
Straight to his comrade’s bedchamber he go
Saying arise my l'yal comrade let nobody know
It's a fine sunny morning to the bathing we'll go

They joined hands together and marched down the street
The first they met up with was keeper of the gate
He advised them to turn back not to venture in
There is deep and false waters in the lakes of Col Finn

Now Willie stripped off and he swam the lake round
He swam to the Island and then to lie ground (?)
Said Willie to Henry don't you venture in
For there's deep and false waters in the lakes of Col Finn

Now Willie stripped off and he swam the lake round
He swam backwards and forwards but not to __________
Said Willie to Henry l am getting weak
And these were the last words poor Willie did speak

When his old mother came this for to hear
She ran round the lake and she tearing her hair
Saying cruel murder cruel murder was there nobody nigh
For to venture se?????? life of my own darling boy

When his old father came this for to hear
He ran round the lake like a man in despair
Saying where was he drowned or did he fall in
‘Twas his lot to be drowned in the lakes of Col Finn

When his true love Bridget Murphy came this for to hear
She ran round the lake and she tearing her hair
Saying I loved him I loved him from morning until noon
Like the pink rose that flourished when they are in full bloom

The day of Willie's fun'ral it was a great sight
To see twelve young maidens and they all dressed in white
When they raised him on their shoulders and they carried him away
Here’s adieu to lovely Willie buried under the clay


Notes


Text: Two friends go swimming in Lake of Col Finn. They are warned that it is dangerous but Willie swims anyhow. He becomes weak and drowns. In turn his mother, father and beloved run around the lake in grief. At his funeral twelve maidens dressed in white carry his coffin.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The meter is 6/8. The key is B major with a range of a major 9th from B to C#.

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