MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

I’m Forsaken For Another

Mrs. Ghaney NFLD 2 Tape 15 Track 7
Fermeuse Audio:
Ballad

We lived we loved in childhood
And we vowed we’d never part
We spent lonely hours on wildwood
Now she’s nearly broke my heart

I’m forsaken for another
Now one with gold in store
I’m enlisted as a soldier
I’m despised for being poor

As the wedding bells were chiming
And the carriages passed by
The lads and lassies smiling
Soon a teardrop filled my eye

Soon there came a wealthy stranger
Now one with gold in store
And very soon he gained her
All from me for l was poor

I’m forsaken for another
Now one with gold in store
I’m enlisted as a soldier
I’m despised for being poor

As the wedding bells were chiming
And the carriages passed by
The lads and lassies smiling
Soon a teardrop filled my eye

Good-bye false girl I’ll leave you
In sorrow and in pain
My absence will not grieve you
Soon you’ll bear a strangers name

I’m forsaken for another
Now one with gold in store
I’m enlisted as a soldier
I’m despised for being poor


Notes


Text: A poor solider’s childhood sweetheart is stolen by a wealthy man.

Tune: The text form is verse, chorus chorus. The verse is four lines, the chorus is eight lines. 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 freely felt in 2/4 as the singer holds some words and adds extra beats. The key is B-flat major with an octave range based on B-flat.

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