MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Down By the Tanyard Side
Peter Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 17 Track 8
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

I am a rambling hero by love l am ensnared
Reared near the town of Countydown there dwells a comely maid
She is fairer than Diana bright she is free from all earthly pride
She is the lonely queen; her dwelling place lies near the Tanyard side

I stood in meditation l viewed her o'er and o'er
I thought she was Aurora bright descending down so low
Oh no kind sir I’m a country girl she modestly replied
I labour daily for my bread down by the Tanyard side

Her golden hair in ringlets rare hung o'er her snow-white neck
The kindling glances from her eyes twould save a ship from wreck
Her two brown sparkling eyes and her teeth like the ivory white
They would make a man become her slave down by the Tanyard side

For twelve long months we courted till at length we did agree
For to acquaint her parents and it’s married we would be
Till at length her cruel father to me he proved unkind
Which makes me sail across the seas and leave my love behind

Farewell my honest sweetheart l now must bid adieu
l am crossing the mid-ocean all for the love of you
And if ever I’ll return again if God spares me my life
l will roll you in my arrums down by the Tanyard side


Notes

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