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In Courtship There Lies Pleasure (Kenneth Peacock)

In courtship there lies pleasure
between my love and I,
I'll go down to yonder valley
for to meet my love on high,
I'll go down to yonder valley
for to meet my heart's delight,
I'll sit and sing for Mary
from morning until night.

I was coming from Mass last Sunday
when my love she passed me by,
I knew that I was slighted
by the rolling of her eye,
I knew that I was slighted
for a man of a low degree,
Saying, "Mary, lovely Mary,
these looks have wounded me."

I'll buy a bottle of brandy
and I'll place it in my love's hand,
Come pour a drink, love Mary,
while courtship lies at hand,
Come pour a drink, love Mary,
let the bottle remain with me,
Ten guineas there lies waiting
and it's married we will be.

If ever you fall in love with a pretty girl
with a dark and a rolling eye,
Just roll her in your loving arms
and tell her of many a lie,
Just roll her in your loving arms
till it causes her heart to yield,
Like some false-hearted lover
that ever stood revealed.

So fare you well, old Carleton,
so fare you well to mourn,
So fare you well my blue-eyed girl,
I'll never see you any more,
There's Americay lies far, far away,
it's a place I'll soon go see,
May the curse be on that young man
that stole my love from me!

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 20th-century lament, Farewell Ballymoney ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1958 from Mrs Isaac Freeman (Catherine) Bennett [1908-2006] of St Paul's, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.465-466, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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