MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Come Love, Here's a Letter
George Hatfield NFLD 2 Tape 1A Track 7
Tors Cove Audio: No
Song

Come love here's a letter it's the last one I’ll send
And with love's careless bondings they are now to an end

They are now to an end, they are now to an end
And with love’s careless bondings they are now to an end

Oh now I am lying all on the damp ground
My head lies a fountain and the blood flowing down

And the blood flowing down, and the blood flowing down
My head lies a fountain and the blood flowing down

Oh now I am wounded and wounded full sore
And the wounds I’ve received love, no surgeon can cure

No surgeon can cure, no surgeon can cure
And the wounds I’ve received love, no surgeon can cure

On my knapsack I rested for to gain _______ time
To write you a letter lovely Annie of mine

Lovely Annie of mine, lovely Annie of mine
For to write you a letter lovely Annie of mine

But the pen it has dropped before it was through
And the unfinished letter unto Annie did pursue

Unto Annie did pursue, unto Annie did pursue
And the unfinished letter unto Annie did pursue

She opened the letter and read it with grief
To her bed she was taken where she found no relief

Oh this young couple died they both died in love
And they both dwelt together in the bright home above

In the bright home above, in the bright home above
And they both dwelt together in the bright home above


Notes


Sources: Laws J6 ("The Dying Soldier (Erin Far Away I)"); Randolph 244 ("The Soldier's Letter"); Roud #4389

History: United States and Canada

Text: This soldier dies before completing a letter to his true love.   When she reads the unfinished letter, she too dies in grief.

Tune: Triple metre melody is performed with flexibility; pausing at the ends of phrases and adding an additional beat.   The scale is major and the form is AB.

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