#01459
Jessie Munroe (Helen Creighton)
See also: Jessie Monroe (Shanneyganock)
And also:Jessie Munro (Kenneth Peacock)

One fine summer's evening as I was a-walking,
Down by Leicester market I chanced for to go;
I spied a fair damsel, she attracted my attention,
I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

Right fall de di dey, right fall de di daddy,
I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

I said, "My fair lady, oh, where is your dwelling?
Oh, who is your father I'd fain like to know?"
"My father's a blacksmith, he lives down at Liscomb,
And I am his daughter, young Jessie Munroe.

Right fall de di dey, right fall de di daddy,
And I am his daughter, young Jessie Munroe."

"Oh, I have fine buildings and lands of my own, love,
And they are by the wayside as you go;
And you, my dear darling, may lie in my arms
Like a lamb in the bosom of Jessie Munroe.

Right fall de di dey, right fall de di daddy,
Like a lamb in the bosom of Jessie Munroe."

"Deceitful young Johnny, begone with such flattery,
Into your buildings I never will go;
Your buildings are shattery,
so begone with such flattery,
There's a handsome a laddie for Jessie Munroe.

Right fall de di dey, right fall de di daddy,
There's a handsome a laddie for Jessie Munroe."

"Begone now, young Jessie, since you are so saucy,
Back to my Betsy again I will go;
She isn't so bonny, she's fitting for Johnny,
So away to the devil, young Jessie Munroe.

Right fall de di dey, right fall de di daddy,
So away to the devil, young Jessie Munroe."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad [Laws P40] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.271 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Collected by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] from Benjamin H Henneberry [1863-1951] of Devil's Island, Nova Scotia, and published as #78 in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia (J M Dent, Toronto, 1932; Dover, New York, 1966).

A variant was also collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as Jessie Munro in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.291-292, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Jessie Monroe by Shanneyganock (Fling Out The Flag, Avondale Music, 2006).


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