MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Copper and Silver
Frank Knox NFLD 2 Tape 18A Track 1
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

When I was a youngster and started to roam
My mother said now boy before you leave home
My advice l will give you on the best thing to do
Is save just a copper each week from the few

For your coppers may grow unto silver
Your silver will grow unto gold
It's this you will find very useful
To help you my boy when you're old

And when you have travelled and seen all through life
Don't never be bashful in taking a wife
For a wife is a comfort to a man l must say
And all will go well if you work the right way

And the dear one you'll marry don't never neglect
For she will look on you always with respect
Your trials and troubles you'll share with your wife
And all will go well on your journey through life

For when you have money your friends will come 'round
And when you haven't any they're hard to be found
Keep your head above water my boy if you can
And all will go well if you follow my plan

For your coppers may grow unto silver
Your silver will grow unto gold
It's this you will find very useful
To help you my boy when you're old


Notes


History: Probably 19 th-century sheet music, judging from moralizing tone and musical form.

Text: Mother advises her son to save a copper a week, assuring him that the coppers will turn to silver and then to gold.

Tune: Triple metre, major key. The verse-refrain structure is rare in older Newfoundland repertoires. The verse structure is 'abab'.

 

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