MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

I Once Loved A Beautiful Lady

John Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 16A Track 8
St. Shott's Audio:

You asked me to tell you a story
Story of days that are gone
When life was as gay as a flower
One kissed by the sunbeams of dawn

I once loved a beautiful lady
As gay as the blue sky above
Each night as we rambled together
The moon seemed to shine on our love

We promised that we would be faithful
That nothing would get us apart
It was little we thought on the future
Leaving only a sad broken heart

One night as we rambled together
We quarrelled as sweethearts might do
I learnt what it was to be jealous
And l told her her love was untrue

We kissed we shook hands and we parted
I went back to make her my bride
It was there in the door stood her father
He told me my sweetheart had died

I went in l knelt down beside her
As she lay in the midst of her bloom
I prayed that my maker might take me
And send my soul down to its doom

I wonder will l be forgiven
When l meet my maker someday
I wonder will I see my darling
In that bright happy land far away

So now I have told you the reason
Why the tear in my eye never dries
For all those long years l have lingered
Just awaiting me time for to die.


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