MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Claudy's Banks
Francis O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 8 Track 6
Trepassey Audio:

LEACH: All right
Francis O’Brien: (sings)
As l rode [pause]
MALE VOICE: You don't have to go high on that one, Francis.
F. O'BRIEN: (sings)

As l roved out one evening in the lovely month of May
Down by a flowery garden where fancy she did stray
l overheard a fair one in sorrow did complain
All for her absent lover across the raging main

It was boldly I stepped up to her and took her in surprise
l own she did not know me for l was in disguise
l said my pretty fair maid what brings you weeping here
I’m away kind sir to Claudy's Banks if you will please to show

I’m in search of a faithless young man oh Johnny is his name
He's in the fields of battle all in his uniform
He's in the fields of battle his clothes he will disdain
Like a ruling king of honour he fought in the far-off strife

If Johnny it was your true love's name sad news l have to tell
Whilst crossing the mid-ocean bound for Columbia's shore
There ship was wrecked so we were told all on the coast of Spain

Oh when she heard of this sad news down to the ground she fell
The wringing of her lily-white hand and a tearing of her hair
Saying if this be true you tell to me with no other man I’ll roam
To some shady groves or branches l will wander for his sake

When he saw her loyal-i-ty he could no longer stand
He flew into her arms saying Betsy l'm the man
l'm the faithless young man that's the cause of all your pain
And since we met on Claudy's banks we will never part again


All material on this webpage is copyright © 2004, Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland. No unauthorized copying or use is permitted. For more information, follow this link.