#01487
Sally, Sally (Stan Pickett)
See also: Gold Watch And Chain (Kenneth Peacock)

sheet music

Oh, Sally, Sally, one day, one day,
She dressed herself in a men's array;
With sword and pistol all by her side,
And for to rob,
And for to rob her own true love away did ride.

She met him by the lone roadside,
"Stand and deliver, kind sir," she cried;
"Stand and deliver or, without strife,
This very moment,
This very moment I'll take your life."

When he had offered up all his store,
She said, "Kind sir, there's one thing more:
That diamond ring I see you wear,
Oh, give me that,
Oh, give me that and your life I'll spare."

"Oh, that diamond ring my true love gave,
I'll die before I part with it."
She being tender hearted like any dove,
She rode away,
She rode away from her own true love.

Early next morning as they were seen,
A-walking down the garden green,
He saw his watch hanging on her clothes,
Which made her blush,
Which made her blush just like any rose.

Oh, what makes you blush so rosy red?"
"'Twas me that robbed you, love," she said;
"'Twas me that robbed you all on the plain,
So here's your watch, love,
Here's your watch and your gold chain."

"How could you venture such a plot?
If I had my pistol I would have shot;
And left you bleeding all on the plain,
And you would never,
And you would never come to yourself again."

"I only did it all for to know,
If you were my own true love or no;
But now, kind heart, I have proved you true,
I know you love me,
I know you love me like I love you."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Female Highwayman [Laws N21] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a British broadside ballad, Sylvia's Request, And William's Denial published by J Pitts (London) sometime between 1819 and 1844, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25(1877) ....####

Notes:
Stan Pickett [b.1944] of Fair Island, Bonavista Bay, NL, collected this variant from his aunt Jane (Parsons) Pickett [1893-1984] of Centreville, NL, who was 86 years old at the time. Jane sang the song as Stan wrote it down and later made minor alterations to the tune.

A variant was also sung in 1951 by Mrs Bride Power [1896-1967] of Tors Cove, NL, with the opening words, "Jenny, Jenny," and published as The Broken Token in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1958 from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Gold Watch And Chain in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.342-343, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Rev Sabine Baring-Gould [1834-1924] also collected a variant in 1890 in Dorset, England, as The Lady Turned Highwayman.


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