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Erewanna (MacEdward Leach)
Arrah Wanna
(An Irish Indian Matrimonial Venture)

Amid the wild and wooly prairies
lived an Indian maid,
Erewanna, queen of fairies,
of her tribe afraid;
Each night there came an Irish lad,
a buck, with a wedding ring,
He would sit outside her tent
and his bagpipes loud would sing.

Erewanna, on my honour,
I'll take care of you,
I'll be good and true,
we can bill and coo
In a wigwam built
with shamrocks green;
We'll make those redmen smile,
when you're Mrs Barney,
Heap much Kearney,
from Killarney's Isle.

As the moon shone down upon them,
Erewanna said,
"Some great race might crown you big chief,
then I'll be your bride."
"Oh that's easy," whispered Barney
with a smiling face,
"All my family were great runners
an' the first in every race."

Erewanna, on my honour,
I'll take care of you,
I'll be good and true,
we can bill and coo
In a wigwam built
with shamrocks green;
We'll make those redmen smile,
when you're Mrs Barney,
Heap much Kearney,
from Killarney's Isle.

####.... Jack Drislane and Theodore Morse [1873-1924] (1906) ....####

Variant of a Tin Pan Alley song sung by Vince 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).

NOTES: From 'Twas Only An Irishman's Dream : the image of Ireland and the Irish in American popular song lyrics, 1800-1920 by William H A Williams:
"Arrah Wanna (An Irish Indian Matrimonial Venture)" by Jack Drislane and Theodore Morse started a brief craze for Paddies with squaws:

Arrah Wanna, on my honor, I'll take care of you,
I'll be kind and true, we can bill and coo,
In a wigwam built of shamrocks green,
We'll make those red men smile,
When you're Mrs Barney,
heap much Carney, of Killarney's Isle."


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