MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Down By the Riverside
John James NFLD 2 Tape 9A Track 1
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

When l was young and in my prime like many's the young man too
l fell in love wit' a fair pretty maid who had my heart quite won
And it was most dearly she loved me and that l never denied
And to disown my parents down by the riverside

A rich lady that lived nearby was choosed for my bride
And to forsake my Annie dear down by the riverside
And sooner to see their angry looks upon me with a frown
Quite contented l married her just for to please their mind

The last(?) time l saw my love she grieved me to the heart
And her right hand she placed in mine l thought we never would part
I quickly turned my back to her quite broken-hearted first
Sayin' what is the use of my gold to me when l haven' t the girl l love

I murdered my wife on a moonlight night in the twenty-fourth of June
Then l was taken to a short jail for to wait for my coming doom
The judge he passed my sentence just after my case had been won
Saying tomorrow morning you must hang down by the riverside

Come all old folks take warning a warning take by me
The one your child love dearly don't ever try to part
The one your child love dearly don't drive them from your heart
For if she's poor she’s happy I’m sure and willing to be your bride
Don't let them see you hang like me down by the riverside

One evening as l was sitting a sitting all alone
I t'ought on my aged parents they bein' so cruel to me
I t'ought on my aged parents so cruel to choose for me a bride
And now they see my bending tree down by the riverside

Come all young folks take warning a warning take by me
Don't ever slight your first true love no matter who she may be
For if she's poor she's happy I’m sure and willing to be your bride
Don't let them see you hang like me down by the riverside


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