MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
My First Love Was Sarah
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 6A Track 5
Trepassey Audio:
Comic Song

O'BRIEN [laughing]: l said wherever they'll send me. I’ll fish; you know what l mean, [laughs] supposin' they send me to VanDieman's land.
LEACH: All right any time you're ready.
O'BRIEN (sings):

My first love was Sarah, sure none could be fairer
Than she was in fact I ne'er saw one so fair
On her l got love sick she was a domestic
That lived in a mansion on Matheson's square

The first time l met her l ne'er will forget her
She out of the house with a dinner bell ran
Twas love at first sight for on that same night
Sure l was accepted as Sary's young man

I was often invited to tea and delighted
I felt at the welcome she’d always give me
With _____________ songs with talk of affection
Oh how l enjoyed the hot muffins for tea

It happened one night when l called and a sight
Met my view l could scarcely believe my own eyes
But there it was true a ____________ in blue
Sat cosy by Sarah that stared with surprise

When I demanded my true explanation
Miss Sarah with ___________ conduct began
To laugh and grow bolder while her clumsy soldier
Seized hold on the collar of Sary's young man

Said he coolly to me you're not wanted you see
Just quietly take my advice and walk out
Said I if l do then by Jove you'll come too
And the monster began for to knock me about

While struggling we both heard the voice of the master
The soldier in flight up the airy steps ran
And I soon as able crawled under the table
What a nice situation for Sary's young man

The master ___________________________
Down came the master before much faster
A nasty black poodle that scampered about
l shivered with fear whenever it came near
Afraid of it findin’ my hiding place out

My breathing I smothered but at last was discovered
That poodle with sniffing and barking began
The master then lifted the cloth from the table
And pulled from in under it Sary's young man

My feelings that moment I cannot describe them
My looks l am sure must have been much absurd
But l glanced at my captor and stuttered and stammered
Trying to speak but could say not a word

The master then tightened his hold on my collar
Saying who or what are you speak out if you can
A thief or a loafer said he in a stutter
Oh no if you please sir I’m Sary’s young man

l gave to the master a true explanation
He then let me go and that ended my fright
Miss Sarah of course she lost her situation
And likewise her soldier it served her quite right

the last time we met she was full of regret
And she said oh forgive me just once if you can
But said l to her fools often fall between stools
And I’m happy I’m no longer Sarah's young man

[Last three words spoken]


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