MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

When You Asked The Girl To Leave Her Happy Home

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Devereaux NFLD 2 Tape 9A Track 4
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

Mr. Devereaux: (sings) By a -
LEACH: No wait...think she isn’t alive (i.e. the microphone). AII right.
MRS. Devereaux: Go on.
MR. Devereaux: No, l don’t believe l have any verses now.
MR. & MRS. D: (sing)

By a fine old mother's side, sat her eldest by her pride
Who would soon arrive at manhood’s state of life
When the lad began to tell of a girl he loved so well
And intended asking her to be his wife.

On that kind old mother’s face, tears at once your eye could trace.
Like the change of brightest sunlight into gloom
"Have you stopped to think," said she, "What your lot in life may be
Ere you ask a girl to leave a happy home?"

Chorus:
"When you ask a girl to leave her happy homestead
To sail with you o'er matrimony's foam
You should have emplyment, then earn your way and living well
Ere you ask a girl to leave her happy home."

Then that kind old mother said, "Tell me, lad, if you were wed
How would you support a wife and dress her well?"
Said the lad, "Why we could live, on the money you would give
And in one of father's houses we could dwell."

"But the girl," the mother cried, "Has dignity and pride.
To depend on us for home will never do.
We will help you all we can, we want you to act a man
When you ask a girl to leave her happy home."

Chorus:
"When you ask a girl to leave her happy homestead
To sail with you o'er matrimony's foam
You should have employment, then earn your way and living well
Ere you ask a girl to leave her happy home."


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