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Shady Brookside (Collected by MacEdward Leach)

It was summer, I remember,
When the days were long and warm,
When the blackbird and the linnet came
To cheer us with a song;
It reminds me of a parting,
Of a parting long ago,
By the brookside, shady brookside,
Where the water lilies grow,
Shady brookside, shady brookside,
Where the water lilies grow.

We were comrades three in number,
And the dearest one to me,
Was my little blue-eyed sister,
And her heart was light and joy;
Now she sleeps beneath the willow
With its branches bending low,
By the brookside, shady brookside,
Where the water lilies grow,
Shady brookside, shady brookside,
Where the water lilies grow.

Farewell, father dearest,
Mother, it is hard to part with you,
Farewell, sister dearest,
Brother, I must bid you all adieu;
No more we'll roam together,
As we did long years ago,
By the brookside, shady brookside,
Where the water lilies grow,
Shady brookside, shady brookside,
Where the water lilies grow.

####.... Author unknown ....####

Sung by Vincent Ledwell [1888-1982] of Calvert, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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