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The Bad Girl's Lament (Wade Hemsworth) MIDIs
See also: Annie Franklin (Kenneth Peacock)
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As I walked down to St James' Hospital,
St James' Hospital early one day;
I spied my only fairest daughter,
Wrapped up in white linen as cold as the clay.

So beat your drums and play the fife lowly,
And play the dead march as you carry me along;
Take me to the church yard and lay the sod over me,
I am a young maid and I know I've done wrong.

Once in the street I used to look handsome,
Once in the street I used to dress gay;
First to the ale house, then to the dance hall,
Then to the poor house and now to my grave.

So beat your drums and play the fife lowly,
And play the dead march as you carry me along;
Take me to the church yard and lay the sod over me,
I am a young maid and I know I've done wrong.

Send for the preacher to pray o'er my body,
Send for the doctor to seal up my wounds;
Send for the young man I first fell in love with,
That I may see him before I pass on.

So beat your drums and play the fife lowly,
And play the dead march as you carry me along;
Take me to the church yard and lay the sod over me,
I am a young maid and I know I've done wrong.

Let six pretty maidens with a bunch of red roses,
Six pretty maidens to sing me a song;
Six pretty maidens with a bunch of red roses,
To lay on my coffin as they carry me along.

So beat your drums and play the fife lowly,
And play the dead march as you carry me along;
Take me to the church yard and lay the sod over me,
I am a young maid and I know I've done wrong.

####.... Variant of a British broadside ballad, St James' Hospital [Laws Q26] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
This variant of Annie Franklin is closely related to early texts collected in the Canadian Maritimes and Maine, and was recorded by (Albert) Wade Hemsworth accompanying himself on guitar as he learned it in the Canadian North Woods (Folk Songs Of The Canadian North Woods, trk#11, ©1955, Folkways Records & Service Corp, New York, FW 6821, Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. R 55-370). A variant can also be found in The Great Canadian Tunebook published on-line by Barry Taylor.

See more songs by Wade Hemsworth.

Liner Notes: This sad song is obviously an earlier version of the old ballad that begat The Streets Of Laredo and St James Infirmary Blues. From the chorus it is assumed that all three came from an Irish regimental song, and possibly came over here with soldiers from across the sea. A variation of The Bad Girl's Lament is given in Helen Creighton's collection Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia.


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