MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Pretty Polly
Peter Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 17 Track 7
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

It was out in old Ireland pretty Polly did dwell
She was courted by a captain who did love her right well
And when her old father this news came to hear
He said he would part her many miles from her dear

Pretty Polly lay down on her soft downy bed
And some foolish notion ran into her head
Saying father or mother won't make me false prove
I will dress like a soldier and follow my love

Early next morning Pretty Polly arose
She dressed herself up in a suit of men's clothes
Both waistcoat and trousers pretty Polly put on
And in every appearance she looked like a man

She went down to the stable viewed the horses all round
Until she found one that was fit for the ground
With a brace of loaded pistols and a sword by her side
In search of her true love pretty Polly did ride

She rode along till she came to the first seaport town
It was there she put up at the sign of the crown
The first one she met was the _______________
And the next one she met was the captain she loved

She took off her hat and she made a low bow
Saying here is a letter from Polly you know
In opening this letter it was soon to be found
Drink a health to pretty Polly with the nobles all round

In opening this letter he shed many's a tear
At the end of each line he cried Polly my dear
It shall not be drank by one or by two
But it shall be drank by the whole of the crew

It bein' late after supper Polly hung down her head
And asked for a candle to light her to bed
Saying l have a bed l can lie at my ease
And you can lie with me young man if you please

For to lie with an office it's an unusual thing
For I’m only a poor soldier jus' serving my king
Serving my king on sea or on shore
Drink the health to Pretty Polly she's the girl l adore

Early next morning pretty Polly arose
She dressed herself up in her own suit of clothes
Coming down the stairs she appeared like a dove
I think 'pon my soul the Captain's true love

It is now they are married they can live at their ease
With a coach and six horses for to drive where they please
She left her old father and mother behind
Went in search of her true love and it's him she did find

(Last six words spoken)


Notes

All material on this webpage is copyright © 2004, Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland. No unauthorized copying or use is permitted. For more information, follow this link.