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Alone On The Shamrock Shore (Kenneth Peacock)

Come all you fair maids take a warning,
With a handsome young sailor don't wed,
Try all that you can for to slight him,
Or to banish him out of your head,
For once I lived light-hearted and cheerful,
Such pleasure I never had before,
But now I am lief for to wander
Alone on the shamrock shore.

It is down by the banks of the water
My father's grand castle do stand,
And there like a lark in the morning
Contented there my time I did spend,
Till a sailor first entered our dwelling,
Such pleasure I never had before,
But now he has left me to wander
Alone on the shamrock shore.

We kissed and we courted each other
Till at length he had won my fond heart,
We got married unknown to my father,
And we vowed that we never would part.
But to Spain he was now called to battle,
And I'll not behold him no more,
And this was the cause of him leaving me
Alone on the shamrock shore.

'Twas in Portsmouth their ship lay at anchor,
On board my young sailor did belong,
He had a trifle dispute with his captain
And condemnèd he was to be hung.
And they hung my love up on the yard-arm
And I'm to behold him no more,
And this is the cause of him leaving me
Alone on the shamrock shore.

So I'll press my tender babe to my bosom,
Hoping that kind fortune will him restore,
Since his father's no more in my arms,
He's no more on the shamrock shore.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Disdained Daughter Of The Shamrock Shore, published by J Pitts (London) sometime between 1819 and 1844, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(919) ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1960 from Mrs Mary Ann Galpin [1872-1962] of Codroy, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.418-419, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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