MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Shamrock
John Connors NFLD 2 Tape 22 Track 4
(St. Shott's ?) Audio:
Ballad

Kind friends won't you help out a poor weary stranger
Who's footsore and weary and feeble the while
Got nothing to give but an orphan will bless you
If you help a poor boy from the dear Emerald's isle

Just a year ago sure l was smiling and happy
Not a care on my mind and my heart free from guile
In a dear little cabin near the foot of the mountain
That reared it's proud head o'er the dear Emerald's isle

At length my poor father took head of a fever
From toiling so hard on the black barren soil
Although my poor mother was careful and tending
He died and he lies near the dear Emerald' s isle

The sheriff then came with a bunch of them ruff'ans
To turn out a child and it s mother so grey
And deaf to our pleading they tore down our cabin
At the point of the bayonet they turned us away

At length my poor mother got .....

(Speaks) Oh my o
(Sings)

But hunger and sorrow soon told on my mother
Like a flower she bloomed and she faded away
And with her last blessing her poor boy caressing
She died and she lies near the dear Emerald's isle

But if ever the father do look down with pity
And cast off the ________ that Ireland beguile
Then I'll turn home to the land of my childhood
I'll pluck a green shamrock from the dear Emerald's Isle


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