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The Streams Of Lovely Nancy (Dick Miles)
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#461: YouTube video by dickmilesmusic ©2008
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Oh, the streams of lovely Nancy
are divided in three parts,
Where the young men and maidens
they do meet their sweethearts;
It is drinking of good liquor
caused my heart for to sing,
And the noise in yonder village
made the rocks for to ring.

The bright star of Erin
so pleasant may shine,
With her hair over her shoulder
of a deep, deepish brown;
I delight in her company
more than gold I declare,
Although she did slight me,
she's the one I love dear.

At the top of this mountain,
there my love's castle stands,
It's all overbuilt with ivory
on yonder black sand;
Fine arches, fine porches,
and diamonds so bright,
It's a pilot for a sailor
on a dark winter's night.

On yonder high mountain,
where the wild fowl do fly,
There is one amongst them
that flies very high;
If I had her in my arms, love,
'near the diamond's black land,
How soon I'd secure her
by the sleight of my hand.

At the bottom of this mountain
there runs a river clear,
A ship from the Indies
did once anchor there;
With her red flags a-flying,
and the beating of her drum,
Sweet instruments of music,
and the firing of her gun.

So come all you little streamers
that walk the meadows gay,
I'll write unto my own true love,
wherever she may be;
For her rosy lips entice me,
with her tongue she tells me, "No!"
And an angel might direct us right,
and where shall we go?

Oh, the streams of lovely Nancy
are divided in three parts,
Where the young men and maidens
they do meet their sweethearts;
It is drinking of good liquor
caused my heart for to sing,
And the noise in yonder village
made the rocks for to ring.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Streams Of Lovely Nancy, published by W Armstrong (London) sometime between 1820 and 1824, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 28(29) ....####
Collected during 1929-1930 by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] and published as #64 in Folk Songs From Newfoundland (Faber and Faber, London, 1934/1971).

The variant in the video above features an original concertina arrangement by Dick Miles.



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