MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Carry Me Back to the Mountain
Albert DeWitt NFLD 2 Tape 1A Track 6
Tors Cove Audio:
Song

Leach: All right

DeWitt:(Sings)

l was a wild careless youngster
Longing to roam from the start
So l left my home in the mountains
And broke my poor darling's heart

l joined the train at the crossing
And never told her good-bye
When someone wrote me a letter
And told me my sweetheart had died

Oh carry me back to the mountain
Beneath the Southern skies
Lay me to rest ‘neath the mountain
There' s where my sweetheart lies

l get so lonesome and weary
No matter where l roam
Carry me back to the mountain
Back to my home sweet home

I roamed this whole wide world over
Living a life of regret
Longing to be with my darling
Trying so hard to forget

I pray that God will forgive me
And on that bright peaceful shore
I’ll find her waiting in heaven
Where we will part nevermore

Carry me back to the mountains
Beneath the southern sky
Lay me to rest neath the mountains
There's where my sweetheart lies

l get so lonesome and weary
No matter where l roam
Carry me back to the mountain
Back to my home sweet home

Female voice in background: Can’t remember doing that one.


Notes


Text: The singer leaves his true love to roam around the world.   He lives a life of regret and hopes that he will find her once again in heaven.

Tune: Duple meter tune that sounds like a modified version of "On Top of Ole Smoky."   Chromatic passing tones are abundant in this major mode melody.

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