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Will My Soul Pass Through The East Coast? (Parody)
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(To the tune of Rolling Home To Dear Old Ireland)

In a dreary foreign prison,
Sat a young and scared Canadian boy;
For a crime they found him guilty,
And the judge said, "You must die."

By his side, a priest was standing,
Father, will my soul be lost?
I'm so far from home and loved ones,
Will my soul pass through the East Coast?

Will my soul pass through the East Coast,
Through New Brunswick, the land so free?
There's so much I want to see there,
Will the good Lord really wait for me?

Will I see Prince Edward Island,
Will I touch the sandy shore?
Oh, Father, tell me truly,
Will my soul pass through the East Coast?

Will I pass through Nova Scotia,
Will I see Cape Breton Isle?
Will I see familiar faces,
I remember as a child?

Will I pass through old Newfoundland,
Will I see the mighty fishing boats?
Oh, Father, tell me truly,
Will my soul pass through the East Coast?

Was for the love of the East Coast,
In the war my father died;
And I swear by all its people,
I'm not guilty of this crime.

Would you please write to my mother,
Tell her that my soul's not lost?
Will I see my Mama's cabin,
Will my soul pass through the East Coast?

I pray God will let me linger,
At Mama's door, down in the East Coast.

####.... Author unknown. Rewrite of Lady Caroline Norton's poem Bingen On The Rhine ca.1847, as well as other parodies, such as Shall My Soul Pass Through Old Ireland and Legend Of The Rebel Soldier ....####
From Wikipedia:
Lady Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton [1808-1877] - English feminist, social reformer, and author of the early and mid-nineteenth century. Granddaughter of well-know playwright, Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Caroline left her husband in 1836, following which her husband sued her close friend Lord Melbourne, the then Whig Prime Minister, for criminal conversation. The jury threw out the claim, however Caroline was unable to obtain a divorce and was denied access to her three sons. Caroline's intense campaigning led to the passing of the Custody of Infants Act of 1839, the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857 and the Married Women's Property Act of 1870. Caroline modeled for the fresco of Justice in the House of Lords by Daniel Maclise who chose her because she was seen by many as a famous victim of injustice.



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