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Molly Bawn (MacEdward Leach)
See also: Molly Bawn (Maud Karpeles)
And also: Molly Bawn (Ryan's Fancy)
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Here I am sad and lonely
here in the distant west,
And the pleasant dreams of bygone days
at night disturb my rest;
But in this faithful heart of mine
forgotten never shall be,
Oh, the days I spent with Molly Bawn
of old beyond Loch Lee.

For she was young and slender,
as gentle as a fawn,
Her eyes they shone like diamonds bright
or like the stars at dawn;
Her smile she had for everyone
but her kisses were all for me,
Entranced, I gazed on Molly Bawn
of old beyond Loch Lee.

And when I claimed her for my bride
how happy then was I,
How pleasant were the hours of love
and how quickly they'd pass by;
A pleasant light shone in her eyes,
she was too good for me,
When an angel claimed her for his own
and took her from Loch Lee.

Here I have travelled the stormy world,
my hair is silvery hue,
A plaintive voice rings in my mind,
its tone I can't subdue;
Her lovely form it haunts me still
and her pleasant face I can see,
For it is the face of Molly Bawn
of old beyond Loch Lee.

For she was young and slender,
as gentle as a fawn,
Her eyes they shone like diamonds bright
or like the stars at dawn;
Her smile she had for everyone
but her kisses were all for me,
Entranced, I gazed on Molly Bawn
of old beyond Loch Lee.

####.... Originally based on a selection from Amatory Poems by John Keegan Casey [1816-1849] ....####

Sung in 1950 by Alphonsus (Alphonse O'Driscoll [1901-?] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant of Molly Bawn was arranged by Dennis Ryan of Ryan's Fancy (Sea People, 1980).


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