MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

The Country Girl

Mrs. Ghaney NFLD 2 Tape 15 Track 5
Fermeuse Audio:

One fine Easter Monday as the sun it was rising
The Birds from the bushes they sweetly did sing
Where the lads and the lassies were gently moving
In yonder green valleys their works to begin

I spied a fair damsel more brighter than amber
Her cheeks bloomed like roses none could them excel
She had skin like a lily that grows in yon valley
That bloomin' young goddess that counteree girl

I stepped up to that pretty fair maiden
While on me she cast a proud look of disdain
Stand back sir she said and do not insult me
Though poor I’m in poverty I’m never insane

I am but a poor orphan no friends no relations
I’m but a hard working counteree girl
He said now don't scorn for I’ll never harm thee
But one favour grant me now where do you live

There's pleasure there's treasure but love it is wanting
Your beauty upon me now here casts a stain
I’ll marry you speedily I’ll make you a lady
If you will be mine my sweet counteree girl

She says sir temptations tis used in all nations
Go marry a lady and you will do well
I’m but a poor orphan no friends or relations
I’m but a hard working counteree girl

________ he cried if you'll not be my bride
I’ll wander forever in some foreign land
For there's pleasure there's treasure but love it is wanting
Your beauty upon me have now left a stain

She then gave consent to the church straight we went
The birds _____ they this merrily sing
And as we were retuning all on that same evening
The bridesmaid and brides boy they sweetly did sing

Now both of those young couple lives happy together
She blessed the hour that she first met that man
This counteree girl she's made a rich lady
She’s married to a squire of honour and wealth


Text: A young man spies a beautiful country girl and asks her to marry him. She declines saying he should marry a lady and she is just a poor orphan. When he asks again she accepts, they are married and live happily. Through marriage she becomes a lady as he is a squire.

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 with some holding of certain words. The key is B-flat major.

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