MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Sweethearts
Albert DeWitt NFLD 2 Tape 1A Track 4
Tors Cove Audio:
Song

Leach: Okay, let her go.

Albert DeWitt:(sings)

A party of soldiers one night in a camp
Were talking of Sweethearts they had
They all seemed so gay with the exception of one
Who seemed so downhearted and sad

Come join us together his comrades did say
For surely somebody loves you
Then turning his head he proudly said
Oh boys I'm in love with two

For one has hair of that silvery grey
And the other is just like gold
One is gay and youthful
While the other is bent and old

They are the pride of my life to me
And from them I never will part
For one is my mother God bless her l love her
And the other is my sweetheart

My sweetheart is one of those hardworking girls
And to her I intend to get wed
But father says no it can never be so
You must marry a lady instead

Your mother is old and that's quite enough
For to marry her when she was poor
She says cheer up Jack she'll be your wife yet
And father will consent now I’m sure

For one has hair of that silvery grey
And the other is just like gold
One is gay and youthful
While the other is bent and old

They are the pride of my life to me
And from them l never will part
For one is my mother God bless her l love her
And the other is my sweetheart


Notes


Sources: Randolph 864; Roud #4231.

History: Found in the United States and Newfoundland, Canada

Text: A bunch of young fellows one night in a camp are telling of their sweethearts. They tease one boy about not having a love; he retorts saying he loves two women: His mother and his sweetheart.

Tune: Triple metre tune performed with some flexibility.   The scale is major and the form is ABAC.   Line A pauses on the 6th tone of the scale.

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