MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
My Little Home Across the Sea
Performed by Jim Rice Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 4 Track 7
Community: Cape Broyle Audio:
Genre: Parlour song / homesick  

Transcription

I never shall forget the day I left my native home
Far over the ocean to roam
Tears stood in my sister's eyes at last she clasped my hand
And she wishing for my safe return to home

My weeping mother could not speak she looked so sad and pale
To see a son that's wandering far away
I tried to tell the loved ones but my voice did almost fail
That I never would forget 'em where I strayed

CHORUS: Wherever I roam I'll not forget my home
That distant home was ever dear to me
And often in my dreams at night I fancy I'm again
In my little English home across the sea

I've sailed the seas for many years through countries far and near
Across the reckless ocean
I braved the tempest's anger and I scorned all dreadful fear
And I little reaped the perils of the storm

I hear gentle voices come whispering in the wind
Like the echo of the angel's cry above
Saying hasten to your home once more forever you will find
A hearty greeting for the one we love

CHORUS: Wherever I roam I'll not forget my home
That distant home was ever dear to me
And often in my dreams at night I fancy I'm again
In my little English home across the sea

I fancy I can see them as the evening hours draw nigh
While passing the deck to and fro
I hear the gentle voices in the happy days gone by
And they praying for my welfare where I go

CHORUS: Wherever I roam I'll not forget my home
That distant home was ever dear to me
And often in my dreams at night I fancy I'm again
In my little English home across the sea

 

Sources:cf. Randolph 870   ("My Little German Home Across the Sea"); Roud 7429.

History: Author of text may be George S. Knight. The song (but which version?) was reportedly copyrighted in 1877 (http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch.html). May be based on Will S. Hays' "Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane."

Text notes: The singer travels widely but always misses home.

Tune notes:   Stanza and refrain share the last two phrases; ie, the form is abac for the stanza and deac for the refrain.

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