MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Peter Amberly
Unidentified NFLD 2 Tape 3A Track 6
Unconfirmed Audio:
Ballad

Note: First page of the transcription was missing.

Here’s adieu unto those young girlfriends and the Island girls so true
Long may they live to enjoy the Isle where my first breath l drew
The time will roll on just the same as before l passed away
What signify the mortal man whose natural form is clay

There’s a life beyond the tomb to which now I’m hastening on
For life is more than mortal and death shall ever come
The mist or death those rim my eyes l cannot linger here
My spirits waits their final flight so now l am leaving here


Notes


Sources : Laws C27; Doerflinger, pp. 225-233; Greenleaf/Mansfield 164; Fowke/Johnston, pp. 80-81; Fowke/MacMillan 27; Creighton-NovaScotia 138; Linscott, pp. 269-272; Roud #668

From the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) Song Index and Song Annotation Collection: Halpert, Herbert and John Widdowson MUNFLA 66-24; Firestone, Melvin MUNFLA 64-16; Tucker, John MUNFLA 68-34; Casey, George MUNFLA 68-40; Merrigan, Francis Patrick MUNFLA 74-83; West, Eric MUNFLA 78-236; Goldstein, Kenneth S. and A. O'Hara and Gerald Thomas and H. Rowlings MUNFLA 78-239; Dominie, Shirley MUNFLA 78-449; Wareham, W. MUNFLA 79-54

History: At the age of eighteen, Prince Edward Islander Peter Amberley is fatally injured in the Miramichi lumber woods when a log rolls on him.   According to Edit Fowke, John Calhoun composed the lyrics in 1881 and Abraham Munn set these words to a traditional Irish tune.   More information about this ballad can be found in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada located at http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com .

Text: Peter Amberley, born in PEI, sings about death and life after death.

Tune : Such poor quality that it is hard to distinguish features.

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