MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
My Dear I’m Bound For Canada
Charlie Williams NFLD 2 Tape 12A Track 4
St. Vincent's Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: All right
CHARLIE WILLIAMS: (sings)

My dear I’m bound for Canada so Sally we must part
To go and leave my native home all with an aching heart
To face cold-hearted strangers in some foreign land
The tears came roIling down his cheeks he took her by the hand

Oh stay at home dear Willie you'll get employment here
And do not leave your blooming girl your lovely Sally dear
Mine and your mother's heart will break if you do go away
T'ink on your old aged father for his locks are turning grey

I’ll t'ink on them said Willie and that you need not fear
All on my old aged parent and lovely Sally dear
I'm here just now in St. John's town no employment can l find
I must away l cannot stay for l have made up my mind

Oh then when they were for parting remember me said she
It's for your welfare and prosper it is everyday I’ll pray
T'ink on those pleasant hours we rambled side by side
T'ink on the promises you made me that l should be your bride

Oh the promises l made you my love is in my mind to stand
I do intend to come again once more to Newfoundland
I don't intend my days to spend on that Canadian shore
How can l stay three years away it's you I do adore

And when they were for parting and parting was their intent
He promised her every mail would run a letter he would sent
He bid his charming girl adieu may good fortune on him smile
And every desolate young man who leaves his girl behind


Notes


Sources: Greenleaf, 1968: 314; Leach, 1968: 218 (Bound for Canada); Mercer 1979, 158; Smallwood, 1937: 475 (Bound for Ca-Na-Da).
From the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) Song Index and Song Annotation Collection: Ayre, L. McG. MUNFLA 70-5 (I’m Bound for Canada); Goldstein, Kenneth, Aidan O’Hara MUNFLA 78-239; Halpert, H. MUNFLA 71-50 (Bound Away for Canada); Halpert, H., N. Halpert MUNFLA 66-23 (Bound for Canada).

Text: A young Newfoundlander is faced with leaving his love to search for work in Canada. He promises to send her regular letters and to marry her upon his return.

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 4/4. The singer sometimes holds the third or fourth beat in the in the middle of the line. The key is B-flat major with a range of a minor 7th from A to G.

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