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Fare You Well, Maggie Darling, Across The Blue Sea (Kenneth Peacock)

Come all you good people,
I pray you'll attend
To a sad lamentation
that has happened to me,
Concerning a fair maid
whom I thought would be my wife,
And I loved her so dearly
as the threads of my life.

Long time we had courted
in the sweet bonds of love,
Till at length we went roving
in her father's green grove.
I said, "Handsome Maggie,
I am going to sea,
And I hope, Maggie darling,
you will prove true to me."

It's a sad lamentation,
it's a sad, sad surprise,
When tears like the raindrops
fell down from her eyes.
"Let no one deceive you
while you're on the sea,
And I hope, Willie darling,
you will prove true to me."

Six months on the ocean
we sailed up and down
Till at length we weighed anchor
in some seaport or town,
Till a girl named Flora
bore down upon me.
"Fare you well, Maggie darling,
across the blue sea."

Let us drink and be merry,
let the fair toast go 'round,
Tell the rose of the city
on my knee to sit down,
I have money and plenty
to support you and me.
"Fare you well, Maggie darling,
across the blue sea."

To write Maggie a letter
it was my intent,
Saying: "Maggie, dearest Maggie,
on me don't depend,
For my mind is so baffled
like the waves on the sea,
Fare you well, Maggie darling,
across the blue sea."

And reading this letter
to her sad, sad surprise,
When the tears like the raindrops
fell down from her eyes.
"Since your mind is so baffled
like the waves on the sea,
Fare you well, Willie darling,
across the blue sea."

"And when you are lying
on your soft bed of down,
Still thinking of Maggie
with her arms folded 'round,
Waking up in the morning,
a strange face to be seen,
Instead of sweet Maggie
a strange beautiful queen."

####.... Author unknown. Traditional ballad ....####
Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.443-444, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was collected in 1951 from John James of Trepassey, NL, and published as Maggie Darling in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).



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