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My Sweetheart (MacEdward Leach) video
See also: Two Sweethearts (Rod Chipman)
And also: Sweethearts (MacEdward Leach)
#2364: YouTube video by SonOfLabrador ©2013
~ Used with permission ~

A crowd of young fellows one night in a club,
Were talking of sweethearts they had;
They all seemed so gay with the exception of one,
He seemed so downhearted and sad.
"Come join up as comrades like others," they said,
"For surely somebody loves you!"
And Jack turned his head and he proudly said,
"Oh, yes, I'm in love with two!"

For one has hair of silvery grey,
And the other is just like gold;
One is gay and youthful,
While the other is bent and old.
They are the pride of my life to me,
And from them I never will part;
For one is my mother, God bless her, I love her,
The other is my sweetheart.

My sweetheart is one of those hardworking girls,
And to her I intend to be wed;
But father says, "No, it can never be so,
You must marry a lady instead.
Your mother is old now and that's quite enough,
For I married her when she was poor."
But mother says, "Yes, Jack, she'll be your wife yet,
And father will consent I am sure!"

For one has hair of silvery grey,
And the other is just like gold;
One is gay and youthful,
While the other is bent and old.
They are the pride of my life to me,
And from them I never will part;
For one is my mother, God bless her, I love her,
The other is my sweetheart.

####.... Variant of a late 19th-century song, Two Sweethearts, with lyrics by E P Moran and music by J Fred Holf ....####
This variant was sung in 1950 by Agnes Powers [b.1935] of Tors Cove, NL, who married Alphonsus (Phonse) Melvin [1927-2002] in 1957, and was published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video above features a variant recorded as Two Sweethearts by the Moonshiners of St Anthony, NL (Music From The Heart / The Moonshiners, trk#1, 1991, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL).


See more songs by Moonshiners.

John White recorded a variant as My Sweetheart (Irish Folk Songs / John White & Wilf Doyle, trk#4, 1959, Rodeo International, St John's NL).

A variant was also recorded as My Sweetheart by George Grandy of Grand Bank, NL (D P Newfie, trk#7, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).



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