MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Wind Across The Wild Moor
Jim Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 19A Track 4
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: All right.
JIM MOLLOY: (sings)

On a cold winter's night, as the wind blew across the wild moor
When Mary came wandering home with her chiId
Till she came to her own father's door.

"Oh, father, dear father," she cried
"Won't you come down and open the door
Or the babe in my arms will perish and die
By the wind blowing across the wild moor."

"Oh, why did l leave that dear spot
Where once l was happy and free?
I'm now doomed to roam without friends or a home
Or no one to take pity on me."

The old man being deaf to the cries
Not a sound of a voice reached his ears
The watchdogs they barked and the village bells tolled
By the wind blowing across the wild moor.

"Oh, why did you leave that dear spot
Where once l was happy and free?
I'm now doomed to roam without friends or a home
Or no one to take pity on me."

Oh, how must the old man have felt
When he came to the door in the morn
Found Mary Iying dead and that babe still alive
Softly pressed to the dead mother's arms?

"Oh, why did l leave that dear spot
Where once l was happy and free?
I'm now doomed to roam without friends or a home
Or no one to take pity on me."

The old man he then pined away
And the babe to the mother went soon
There's no one, they, say that live here today
And the cottage is now gone to ruin.

"Oh, why did l leave that dear spot
Where once l was happy and free?
I'm now doomed to roam without friends or a home
Or no one to take pity on me."

The villagers point out that spot
Where the willow hang over the door
Saying that's where Mary died, once the gay village pride
By the wind blowing across the wild moor.

"Oh, why did l leave that dear spot
Where once l was happy and free?
I'm now doomed to roam without friends or a home
Or no one to take pity on me."


Notes

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