#01076
The Wedding In Renews (Johnny Burke)

There's going to be a jolly time,
I'll have you all to know,
There's me and Joe and Uncle Snow
invited for to go;
I have the list here in my fist,
so I'll read out the crews,
There's going to be a happy time
at the wedding in Renews.

There's Julia Farn from Joe Batt's Arm,
she's coming in a hack,
And Betsy Doyle from old Cape Broyle,
she'll wear her Sunday's sack;
And Prudence White she's out of sight,
she'll wear her dancing shoes,
We'll dance all night till the broad daylight
at the wedding in Renews.

The men will moan, the tables groan,
and everything in style,
They'll have sweet cake and turnip tops,
fat pork and castor oil;
The best of ham and tender lamb,
and sago on the brewis,
Spruce beer and ale and bullock's tail
at the wedding in Renews.

There's Julia Farn from Joe Batt's Arm,
she's coming in a hack,
And Betsy Doyle from old Cape Broyle,
she'll wear her Sunday's sack;
And Prudence White she's out of sight,
she'll wear her dancing shoes,
We'll dance all night till the broad daylight
at the wedding in Renews.

The girls all dressed out in their best
for no expense they'd spare,
They'll wear their fathers' watch chains,
and have ribbons in their hair.
The men dressed grand to beat the band,
with whiskers to their shoes,
We'll dance all night till the broad daylight
at the wedding in Renews.

There's Julia Farn from Joe Batt's Arm,
she's coming in a hack,
And Betsy Doyle from old Cape Broyle,
she'll wear her Sunday's sack;
And Prudence White she's out of sight,
she'll wear her dancing shoes,
We'll dance all night till the broad daylight
at the wedding in Renews.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
A variant without the chorus was published in Burke's Popular Songs, page 7, 1929, Long Brothers, printers, St John's, Newfoundland.

Also published in Burke's Ballads, p.19, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.


See more songs by Johnny Burke.

Published by Gerald S Doyle in Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers, First edition, p.5, 1927.

Gerald Doyle noted that "along the Southern Shore these verses have been sung on numerous occasions in the past twenty years. It is a song that is not well known in other sections of the country, and we are sure that, seeing it is one of Mr Burke's compositions, it will be highly appreciated."



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