#01234
The Golden Vanity (MacEdward Leach) videos
#1124: YouTube video by holocene81
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

I have a ship called the Golden Vanity,
And I'm afraid she will be captured
by a Turkish galley;
As she sails along the lowlands, lowlands low,
As she sails along the lonesome sea.

Then up speaks the cabin boy
of our gallant ship,
"What will you give me, captain,
if I sink that Turkish ship?
If I'd sink her in the lowlands, lowlands,
Oh, sink her in the lonesome sea."

"I'll give you silver, give you gold in store,
And I'll give you my daughter, Jane,
when we gets on shore;
If you'd sink her in the lowlands, lowlands,
Oh, sink her in the lonesome sea."

The laddie took his augur
and 'twas overboard went he,
He swam to the side of the Turkish galley;
And he sank her in the lowlands, lowlands,
He sank her in the lonesome sea.

Some were playing cards,
and some more were playing dice,
The water it come up,
oh, it dazzled all their eyes;
As they sailed along the lowlands, lowlands,
They sailed along the lonesome sea.

He then swam back to our ship's side,
"Captain, captain, help me.
I am sinking with the tide;
I am sinking in the lowlands, lowlands low,
Oh, I'm sinking in the lonesome sea."

"Oh, no," now said our captain,
"such things could never be,
I'll whip you, I will hang you,
I will drown you in the sea;
I would sink you in the lowlands, lowlands,
Oh, I'd sink you in the lonesome sea."

He then swam 'round
to the starboard side, saying:
"Shipmates will you help me?
Oh, I'm sinking with the tide;
I am sinking in the lowlands, lowlands,
Oh, I'm sinking in the lonesome sea."

His shipmates took him in,
and 'twas on the deck he died,
They put him in his hammock,
oh, it was both long and wide;
And they took him out again
and lowered him o'er the side,
As we sailed along the lowlands, lowlands,
Oh, we sailed along the lonesome sea.

####.... Variant of a mid-17th century broadside ballad, The Sweet Trinity [Child Ballad #286] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child [1825-1896] (Dover, 1965) ....####
See more Child Ballad variants from NFLD.

Sung in 1950 by James Maher [1885-1969] of Flatrock, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video above features an excellent acoustic guitar performance of a variant by James Saenz of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Variants were collected by William Hugh (W H) Logan, editor, and published as The Goulden Vanitie and Golden Vanity (A Pedlar's Pack Of Ballads And Songs, With Illustrative Notes, pp.42-46, 1869, William Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland).


See more Logan ballad variants from NFLD.

The video below features an excellent 12-string guitar performance of a variant arranged by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man. Comments by Tony: "There are a number of versions of this song and a number of different tunes as well, so I have chosen to make my own arrangement based loosely on one done by Burl Ives, American film star/folk singer from the middle of the twentieth century."

#1123: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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