MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Hush A Bye Baby
John Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 20A Track 1
St. Shott's Audio:

As l roved out on a fine summer morning
Down by a green forest l carelessly strayed
And l bein' intended to visit some neighbours
But l was prevented by cold heavy rain

The wind it blew high and tremendously [sic] raining
l sat myself down there beneath a green tree
When to my surprise l heard somebody talking
Repeating those words saying hush a bye baby

And l bein' surrounded with low shades all round me
l drew 'little nigher to know what I see
When to my surprise twas a poor distressed widow
With a babe in her arm and two by her knee

Oh heavens she cries is there no consolation
Or is there no reason in humanity
My babes they are sleepin' they'll cry when they waken
Sayin' hush o bye baby hush o bye baby

I said my good woman were you ever married
Or where is that father of your children small
Or have you no home or a place of residence
Or if you be wealthy what caused your downfall

Oh yes my good man I was once really married
My husband he's dead and it's plain you may see
He left me forlorn to wander those valleys
Sayin Hush o bye baby hush o bye baby

The twenty-ninth day of last March as my husband
Went out in his meadow his cattle to see
It was little thought that he ne'er would return again
To hear his poor wife sing hush o bye baby

As he was a walking and viewing his cattle
A great crowd of peole he chanced for to see
Those yeomen and police men with their guns and firearms
Like wise the great troop of the cavalry [sic]

It was little he thought on their wicked intention
He made no delay but passed on speedily
But those cruel traitors soon made him their victim
And left me alone to sing hush o bye baby

The very next day after burying my husband
That cursed cruel landlord walked in on my floor
Demanding the rent and before he'd return again
And pay it l should or walk out in the door

I spent all my money in burying my husband
I spent all my money it's plain you may see
But all that l said then it proved all conjure sir
He gave me the door to sing hush o bye baby

Its seven long years since we both met together
And married we were with our parents consent
We lived in that place that they called Newtownbury
But never till now had l cause to lament

I quickly replied but she made me no answer
I saw a great change in her countenance and see
She let fall the baby she held in her arms
Her tongue it was useless and her eyes they looked dim

I quickly ran and caught her in my arms
Sayin cheer up my good woman come home 'long with me
But all that l said and she made me no answer
Her last dying words were hush o bye baby

I quickly ran for the help of some people
To bring this poor woman to some neighbour's house
And after providing the funeral charges
I sent her three children in care of a nurse

But 'twas hardly worth while for to go to such trouble
For they once had a nurse who was loving and free
For that very night they all died like their Mother
And went the same road to sing Hush o bye Baby


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