MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Maggie Darling
John James NFLD 2 Tape 9 Track 3
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

Come all you good people come listen to me
To my sad lamentation l hope you'll agree
It’s for loving of a fair one that never shall be mine
And l loved her as dearly as the thread of my life

Six months we were courting in the fond land of love
Till one day we went walking in our father's green grave
Where l whispered to her slowly sayin' I’m goin' away
And l hope Maggie Darling you’ll prove kind unto me

With a slow conversation to me she drew nigh
And the tears like large raindrops did fall from her eyes
Sayin' your mind it will flutter like a bird on a tree
I’m afraid Willie darling you’ll prove false unto me

We kissed shook hands and parted for to sail the world round
Till at last we had anchored in some south seaport town
Where a ship called the flora bore down on our lea
It remind me of Maggie far across the blue sea

I dressed and went on shore with the girls on the strand
I had one to embrace me took me by the hand
We call into some ale house and spent money free
Drink a health to Maggie darling far across the blue sea

Came fill up your glasses let the toasts go around
When the pride of the city to me she drew nigh
When the pride of the city on my knee she set down
Here’s adieu to Maggie darlin' far across the green sea

I’d write Maggie a letter which l fully intend
And I’d tell her no longer on me to depend
For my mind it did flutter like a bird on a tree
Here's adieu to Maggie darlin' far across the blue sea

In reading this letter to her sad sad surprise
And the tears lie large raindrops did fall from her eyes
Sayin' your mind it did flutter like a bird on a tree
And you hard hearted Willie you've proved faIse unto me

The banns they were published and to church they did go
Leaving Maggie behind and in sad grief and woe
Then thnking on his shameful deed he ___________ patiently
Here s adieu to Maggie darlin' far across the blue sea

Willie in a strange country no pleasure can he find
And the thoughts of his Maggie do run strong in his mind
He awakes in the morning no peace to be seen
Uncontented he must lie with his neat little queen

(speaks) You heard that did you?


Notes

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