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She Died In Love (Kenneth Peacock) MIDI
See also: The Butcher Boy (Kenneth Peacock)
And also: Butcher Boy (Sons Of Erin)
And also: The Butcher Boy (Ryan's Fancy)
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There is an ale-house in this town
Where my love goes in and sits himself down,
He takes some strange girl on his knee,
And don't you think it's a grief to me.

A grief to me and I'll tell you why,
Because she has more gold than I,
But her gold will waste and silver fly,
There's a time she'll have no more than I.

When I carried my apron low,
My love followed me through frost and snow,
But now my apron is to my chin,
My love passes by and won't call in.

Down in yon meadow I hear people say,
There grows a flower so costly and gay,
If I could chance one of them to find
'Twould cure my heart and ease my mind.

Down in the valley this fair one did go,
Picking those flowers so fast as they'd grow,
Some she plucked and more she pulled,
Until she gathered her apron full.

She carried them home and she made a bed,
A stony pillow for her head,
She laid herself down and never more spoke
Because, poor girl, her heart was broke.

When she was dead and her corpse was cold
This sad news to her true love was told,
"I'm sorry for her, poor girl," said he,
"How could she be so fond of me?"

Dig her a grave wide, long, and deep,
A tombstone at her head and feet,
And on her breast lay a turtle dove
So the world may know that she died in love.

####.... Variant of a British broadside ballad, authored by W H Hills, The Butcher Boy, published in a songbook by R March and Company (London) sometime between 1877 and 1884, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth B.18(72) View 7 of 8 ....####
Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs Thomas (Anastasia Ryan) Ghaney [1883-1959] of Fermeuse, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.705-706, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Also selected for recording in a compilation album of various artists (Songs of the Newfoundland Outports and Labrador/Chansons de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador: Mrs Thomas (Annie) Walters [1896-1986] of Rocky Harbour, NL, trk#3, 2003 CD, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec).

A variant of this plot was also collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs Wallace (Amelia J) Kinslow [1903-1985] of Isle aux Morts, NL, and published as The Butcher Boy in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.707-708, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that some of the most beautiful lyric verse in the English language is to be found in this traditional ballad and its relations. Many readers will have already noticed the similarity to There Is An Alehouse In Yonder Town, an English song from which the American college song There Is A Tavern In The Town is derived. The relationships and cross-influences among all these songs is so complex that it is doubtful if the "original" will ever be discovered.

Another variant of this plot was collected in 1951 from Albert (Bert) Fitzgerald [1918-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published as The Butcher Boy in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was arranged and recorded as The Butcher Boy by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, ©1973, Audat Records).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also arranged and recorded as Butcher Boy by Sons of Erin, featuring bandleader Ralph O'Brien, Johnnie Lynn, "Wee" John Cameron, and Denis Ryan on their self-titled album, Sons Of Erin, c.1970.

See more songs by Sons of Erin.


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