MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Girls from Newfoundland
Leo Halleran NFLD 2 Tape 6 Track 3
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: All right
LEO HALLERAN (Sings):

There's a girl in St. John's city I'm going out to see
No fellow in the region that knows her only me
She cried so when I left her I thought I’d break her heart
And if I ever find her we never more shall part

She's the sweetest rose of color a soldier ever knew
Her eyes are bright as diamonds they sparkle like the dew
You May talk about your Scottie girls tram Boston o'er the strand
But none of them are any like the girls from Newfoundland

When the summer winds are blowing and the starry nights are bright
I would take her to the Nickel most every weekday night
And as we watched the pictures oft to her did say
I hope you won't forget me when I am far away

So now I’m going to leave her for soon I’ll have to go
For it's soon I’ll be sailing for to fight the German foe
And if I die in battle where shot and shell do roar
There is one brave girl will think of me on Terra Nova Shore

I hope please God someday to see for when the war is o'er
The only girl I love on earth on Terra Nova Shores
Though but a private in the ranks my part I well will play
So keep the old flag flying and help to win the day

Now sweethearts keep your courage up wherever you may
You’ll find l am no coward I’m not downhearted no
To fight for you and all at home the khaki suit l wear
When fighting in the trenches you bet I’ll do my share

I left my home and all l love and by the flag do stand
You'll find l am no slackard l belong to Newfoundland
l want no man to fight for me my country on me calls
And I’m prepared to fight it out, or in the trenches fall

And every man that’s in the ranks from Terra Nova’s shores
Has the spirit of their fathers as in the days of yore
Who fought well at Sebastopol and more at Waterloo
So now dear sons take out your guns and see what ye can do


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