#01191
The Beach Of Strablane (Kenneth Peacock)
See also: Beaches So Green (MacEdward Leach)
And also: The Banks Of Tralee (MacEdward Leach)

As I rovèd out, oh,
one morning in spring,
To hear those larks whistle
and the nightingales sing,
I spied a fair damsel
that made my heart pain,
She was bleaching her clothes
on the beach of Strablane.

I steppèd up to her,
these words I did say:
"You're the prettiest girl
my two eyes ever have seen;
There's three months and better
have run in my mind,
That we would get married, love,
if you feel inclined."

Get married, get married? -
My age is too young,
Besides, all you young men
have a false flattering tongue;
My dadda and mamma
they'll both be on me,
If I marry a laddie
who's a rover like thee."

"Some marry for money
to be proud all the day,
Some marry for beauty
but the flower will decay;
But if ever I get married
ye will all plainly see,
The girl that is loyal,
that's the girl for me."

I turned myself 'round
for to go away,
Though my heart lingered there
and bid me to stay;
The clouds and the fog
soon gave way to rain,
So we shook hands and parted
on the beach of Strablane.

"Come back, bonny laddie,
and say you'll be mine,
For the last word you told me
has changèd my mind."
"If it has changed your mind, my love,
it's here you'll remain,
And I'll go and court some other girl
on the beach of Strablane."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Braes of Strathblane, published ca.1904 by James Lindsay, Jr (Glasgow) and archived in the Murray Collection of Glasgow Broadside Ballads, manuscript number: Mu23-y1044 ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Nicholas Keough [1879-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.499-500, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was sung by Mrs Catherine Mary (Kate) McCarthy [1890-1963] of Renews, NL, and published as Beaches So Green in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A much shorter variant was sung by Martin Curran [1866-1954] of Calvert, NL, and published as The Banks Of Tralee in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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