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The Prisoner Of Newfoundland (Leach) MIDI
See also: Prison Of Newfoundland (Gerald S Doyle)
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Ye lads and lasses of Newfoundland
come listen to my sad tale,
While I relate the hardships
attending St John's jail;
And being a stranger in this land
I'll do the best I can,
To relate the hardships I endure
in the prison of Newfoundland.

On the twenty-fourth of October
to this country I first came,
On a British brig from Baltimore
the Peregrine by name;
And being consigned to Harvey's wharf
a cargo for to land,
Which bitterly caused me to regret
on my voyage to Newfoundland.

The day of my trial
it would grieve your heart full sore,
To see how Daniel Hagerty
so falsely on me swore;
Judge Carter passed my sentence,
those words to me did say:
Six months on hard bread and cold water
in the penitentiary.

My sentence it was passed,
they marched me off to jail,
Down in the penitentiary
the winter for to stay,
Where I found comrades plenty
as you may understand,
Which bitterly caused me to regret
on my voyage to Newfoundland.

One night as I lay fast asleep
all in my prison cell,
I dreamt I was in old Ireland
the land I used to dwell;
Those pleasant dreams disturbed my rest
as you may understand,
I woke quite broken-hearted
in the prison of Newfoundland.

The prison was situated
by the side of a lovely pond,
Often as I sat and sang
like a mocking bird alone,
Watching the lads and lasses
how they used to sport and play,
Through the iron bars of my window
in the penitentiary.

And now my song is to a close
as you may understand,
Johnny Doyle it is my name
old Ireland is my land;
I served my time on a Black Ball line
since ever I went to sea,
I went to sea and now at last
I am caught fast in the penitentiary.

####.... Johnny Doyle ....####
Variant of Prison Of Newfoundland by Johnny Doyle, collected in 1950 from Monica Rossiter [1913-2004] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA)

A five-verse variant with guitar accompaniment was collected in 1950 from Edwin John (Eddy) Primroy [1928-1999] of Pouch Cove, NL, and published as Prisoner Of Newfoundland in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Johnny Doyle's original lyrics were published as Prison Of Newfoundland in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Third edition, pp.48-49, 1955).



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