MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Roaming in the Gloaming
Raymond Noseworthy NFLD 1 Tape 13 Track 4
Pouch Cove Audio:
Parlour song / nostalgia

In mine island cottage many many miles away
There dwelt a bonnie lassie in a globe of memory
The first time that I met her it was where the heather grows
Everybody loves her she's my bonny Irish rose

Roaming in the gloaming with you
Roaming in the gloaming we two
We rambled there together over valley hill and dale
Roaming my scotch bluebell

Her father and her mother they were very kind to me
Almost every evening we'd have scones and jam and tea
We'd sit around the fire and we'd make a lively ring
Almost every evening you would surely hear me sing

Roaming in the gloaming with you
Roaming in the gloaming we two
We rambled there together over valley hill and dale
Roaming my scotch bluebell


Notes

Sources:

History: Indebted to, but not the same as a Scottish song usually associated with Harry Lauder. Also not the American parlour song of the same title by W. H. Veith.

Text notes: The singer describes the girl he loves, described here as "my bonny Irish rose." The "gloaming" is "twilight."

Tune notes: The melody of the stanza is complemented by the triadic contours of the refrain. Major key.

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