MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Girls of Newfoundland
George Hatfield NFLD 2 Tape 1A Track 2
Tors Cove Audio:

There's a girl in St. John's city that l am longin' to see
There's no one in the regiment that know her only me
I thought it hard to leave her l thought my heart would break
But if we ever meets again we never more will part

She is the sweetest rose in colour a soldier ever knew
Her eyes they shine like diamonds and sparkle like the dew
You may talk about your Scotland girls from Boston or the Strand
But among them all there's none at all like the girls from Newfoundland.

When the summer breeze is sighing and the starry nights are bright
I’ll take her to the ‘Nickel' most every weekday night
And when we watch those pictures l often heard her say
l hope you won't forget me love when l am far away

She is the sweetest rose in color…etc.

Oh soon l have to leave her and soon I've got to go
Across the briny ocean to fight the German foe
And if l die in battle where shot and shell do roar
There's one dear girl will think on me on Terra Nova's shores

She is the sweetest rose in color...etc.


Sources: Peacock, 1965: 875; Roud #9804.

From the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) Song Index and Song Annotation Collection: Sametz, Paul MUNFLA 74-82

History: Newfoundland Ballad. The 'Nickle' was a well-known theatre in St. John's.

Text: The singer pines for his true love from St. John's.

Tune: Verses and chorus follow the same form ABCD.   The tonality is major and the meter is 6/8.

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