MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Two Little Girls in Blue
R. Sheaves NFLD 1 17 Tape Track 10
Port aux Basques Audio:
Parlour song

An old man gazed on a photograph in a locket he'd worn for years
His picture then asked him the reason why the photo had caused him tears
"Come listen to me and I'll tell you," he said, "of a story strange but true
Your father and I at the school one day met two little girls in blue."

Chorus: Two little girls in blue, lad, two little girls in blue
They were sisters and we were brothers, we learned to love them too
But one of those girls in blue, lad, who wrung your father's heart
Became your mother, I married the other, and we was ripped apart

"This picture is one of those girls you see and to me she was once a wife.
I thought her untoward and request her, lad, and parted that night for life
My faithless and jealousy wronged a heart, a heart that was good and true
For two better girls never lived than they were those two girls in blue

Chorus: Two little army (?) maidens, two little girls in blue
Loving and kissing each other they looked perfect and good and true
But one of those girls in blue, lad, who wrung your father's heart
Became your mother, I married the other, and we was drifted apart


Notes

Sources: Mercer 189; Leach 168; Roud 2793.

History: American song, published by composer Charles Graham in 1893.

Text notes: The singer laments his separation from his family as he looks at a photo of his two girls. In most other versions, he is talking to his nephew, as is made clear in the song.

Tune notes: A triple metre, major key song. The form is aa'ba". The "a" phrases begin alike but end differently. The dramatic ascent of a seventh in a" (the fourth line) is the most notable variation.

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