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The Slaney Side (MacEdward Leach)
See also: Down By The Tanyard Side (Leach)
And also: The Slaney Side (Kenneth Peacock)

I am a rambling hero,
by love I am ensnared,
It's near the town of Bonny Glas
there dwells a comely maid;
She's fairer than Diana bright,
she's free from earthly pride,
She's a lovely maid, her dwelling place
lies near the Slaney side.

For eight long years we courted
till at length we did agree,
For to acquaint our parents
and married we would be;
Till at length her cruel father
to me he proved unkind,
Which makes me sail across the seas
and leave my love behind.

Her golden hair in ringlets fair
hung down her snowy neck,
The glances of her beauty
would save a ship from wreck;
With her two big blooming sparkling eyes
and teeth like the ivory white,
She'd make a man become her slave
down by the Slaney side.

Farewell unto my parents,
to my love I'll bid adieu,
On crossing o'er the ocean,
all for the sake of you;
And if ever I do return again
I will make you my bride,
I'll roll her in my arms
down by the Slaney side.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Tan-Yard Side [Laws M28] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Tan-Yard Side, published by H Disley (London) sometime between 1860 and 1883, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(3956) ....####

Sung in 1950 by Mrs Bridget M (Bride) Duggan [1900-1993] 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 variant was sung in 1951 by Peter T Molloy [1876-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published as The Tanyard Side in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A third variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1952 from Mrs Philip J (Mary Ellen) Foley [1918-1997] of Tilting, NL, as The Slaney Side and in 1961 from Patrick W Nash [1897-1972] of Branch, NL, as The Tanyard Side and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.592-593, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Note: The River Slaney diagonally divides Ireland's County Wexford in two.

From the Free Dictionary:
Tanyard - enclosure where the tanning of leather is carried on; a tannery.


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