#01398
White Man, Let Me Go (MacEdward Leach)
See also: White Man, Let Me Go (Kenneth Peacock)

Let me go, let me go to the far distant west,
To the scenes of my childhood that I love the best;
Where the tall cedars flourish and the wide waters flow,
To my scenes in the forest, white man, let me go.
To my scenes in the forest, white man, let me go.

Let me go to my father by whose valiant side,
I have wandered so often in the height of my pride;
And then to my forest with quiver and bow,
To my father, the chieftain, white man, let me go.
To my father, the chieftain, white man, let me go.

Let me go to my mother, the queen of the west,
Who so oft in my hammock has rocked me to rest;
Let me go to my mother whose tears would o'erflow,
At the sight of her lost boy, white man, let me go.
At the sight of her lost boy, white man, let me go.

Let me go, let me go to my own dark eyed maid,
Who first taught me love 'neath the green willow's shade;
Her heart's like the fawn and as pure as the snow,
And she loves her young Indian, to her let me go.
And she loves her young Indian, to her let me go.

Let me go, let me go, to my fair forest home,
And from it again I will ne'er wish to roam;
And there let my body in ashes lie low,
To my home in the forest, white man, let me go.
To my home in the forest, white man, let me go.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional lumber camp song ....####

Collected in 1950 from Vincent Ledwell [1888-1982] of Calvert, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

MacEdward Leach also collected a similar variant in 1951 from Richard T Pennell [1883-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published it with two missing verses as To My Home In The Forest Let Me Go in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected in 1952 from Phillip Foley of Tilting (Fogo Island), NL, by Kenneth Peacock and also published as White Man, Let Me Go in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.164-165, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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