MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

The Branch Hero

Mrs. Ghaney NFLD 2 Tape 15 Track 3
Fermeuse Audio:

As l roamed out one morning in the lovely month o' May
I met a noble fisherman those words to me did say
Will you ship young girl and come to Branch up in St. Mary's Bay

Oh Branch it is a lovely place it's the best on Newfoundland
It far exceeds the metrop'lis or the ground whereon you stand
Young men and women there's plenty there and you can sport and play
And you'll never leave that place called Branch up in St. Mary's Bay

There is seven pounds for six long months and sign this very day
And in four and twenty hours I’ll land you in Branch up in St. Mary Bay

Oh Betsey lovely Betsey l got a splendid boat
With men well fitted out for sea wit’ canvas spars an' rope
l have two women passengers to accompany you on that way
An' you'll never leave that place called Branch up in St. Mary's Bay

I settled wit’ him that very day wit'out any more delay
And l roamed down to view his craft likewise his noble crew
I thought they were Montgomery or the ruler of the sea
They were never born in Newfoundland or yet St. Mary's Bay

Oh that very night we put to sea wit’ a sweet and a pleasant gale
The gale increased as the night came on it drove us miles to sea
And to my surprise l never saw Branch or yet St. Mary's Bay

Now if you meet wit’ a Branch hero please ask him what's his name
If its English or _______ please _______ him wit’ the same
Toss their bodies overboard let their ghosts go to the Red Sea
Where he'll never come to Newfoundland to disappoint either you or me


Text: A fisherman convinces Betsy to take passage on his boat to beautiful Branch, Newfoundland. He tells her it was so wonderful there she would never leave. They set sail that night, are blown off course, and never arrive at Branch. The final stanza invites the listener, should they ever meet the Branch Hero, to push him overboard!

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The singer uses vocal vibrato. The meter is 4/4. The key is F major.

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