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The Rosy Banks Of Green (Figgy Duff) video
#883: YouTube video by figgyduff2009
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Come all you young people,
I pray you will attend,
And listen to my story
in sorrow I did spend,
Concerning a young sailor
who plowed the raging main,
And his own dear darling Josephine
on the rosy banks of green.

This couple had been school-mates
in childhood's happy days,
When he was but a school-boy
he stole her heart away;
She was loved by lords and squires
but their love was all in vain,
For she dearly loved her sailor
on the rosy banks of green.

'Twas early on Sunday morning
down in her father's grove,
Sat Josephine conversing
with the boy she dearly loved;
With kisses and embraces
from his own dear Josephine,
Saying, "Tonight we will be far away
from the rosy banks of green."

Her father overheard them,
in anger could not stand,
He then jumped out upon them
with a loaded gun in hand,
Saying, "Die, you cruel sailor,
no more you'll plow the main,
For tonight you will be far away
from the rosy banks of green."

He aimed the deadly weapon,
the fatal trigger drew,
And Josephine like lightning
in her lover's arms she flew;
The bullet left the muzzle,
its aim so true and keen,
And they both fell together
on the rosy banks of green.

As Josephine lay dying
these words I heard her say:
"I'm glad my dear old mother
never lived to see this day;
In the higher seats of glory
a witness she has been
To the murder of her daughter
on the rosy banks of green.

"O, Charlie, dearest Charlie,
we will meet on a distant shore,
But your old and aged parents
will never see you more;
But I hope you'll rest in glory
with your own dear Josephine,
And we never shall be parted
on the rosy banks of green."

Come all you good people,
I pray you will draw near
To the graves of those two lovers,
in sorrow shed a tear;
Beneath two marble tombstones
out on yonder church-yard green,
Lie two innocent lovers
on the rosy banks of green.

####.... Author unknown ....####
Collected in 1959 from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.703-704, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A very similar variant A was collected in 1952 from Mrs Lucy Heaney of Stock Cove, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.701-702, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved. Peacock noted that variant A had the better tune, and B the better text. He also suggested adding verse 7 of variant A to the text of variant B (as has been done here) to make it complete.

A variant was also collected in 1957 from O J Abbott of Hull, Quebec, by Edith Fowke and published as The Rosy Banks So Green in The Canadian Folk Music Bulletin (1996).

The video above features a variant arranged and recorded by Figgy Duff without verse 7 as Kenneth Peacock originally collected it (Figgy Duff, trk#14, 1980, Posterity Records, Toronto, Ontario); and (Figgy Duff, reissue, trk#14, 1997, Amber Music, Topsail, NL).


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