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Love Is Lovely (Kenneth Peacock)
(Love Is Pleasing) (Keg Of Brandy) (Waly Waly)
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I laid my head on a keg of brandy,
It was my fancy I do declare;
But while I'm drinkng I'm ofttimes thinking
'Bout who should gain this young lady fair.

Oh love is lovely, oh love is charming,
Oh love is lovely when it is new,
But when love grows old, sure it then grows colder,
And it fades away like the morning dew.

Oh ofttimes drunk and cast down lonely,
I rove around oh from town to town,
And when my frolicking days are over,
This fair young damsel will lay me down.

Oh love is lovely, oh love is charming,
Oh love is lovely when it is new,
But when love grows old, sure it then grows colder,
And it fades away like the morning dew.

I wish to God I was never born,
Or in my cradle I would have died;
For such a youth to be ever born,
To a-love a maid and be denied.

Oh love is lovely, oh love is charming,
Oh love is lovely when it is new,
But when love grows old, sure it then grows colder,
And it fades away like the morning dew.

The ocean is wide and I can't wade over,
Neither have I got wings to fly,
But if I had some old skipper boat-man,
I would ferry me over my love and I.

Oh love is lovely, oh love is charming,
Oh love is lovely when it is new,
But when love grows old, sure it then grows colder,
And it fades away like the morning dew.

Oh, ofttimes drunk and seldom sober,
A rolling stone looks so black as ink;
I will place my coat for the want of money,
And I'll sing no more till I get a drink!

Oh love is lovely, oh love is charming,
Oh love is lovely when it is new,
But when love grows old, sure it then grows colder,
And it fades away like the morning dew.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an English love lament, Waly Waly ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1958 from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.475-476, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A similar variant was collected in 1951 from Michael (Mike) Molloy [1893-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published as Keg Of Brandy in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected as Love Is Pleasing and published on-line in Folk Songs, Words & Tunes by Ron Clarke who sequenced the MIDI file from the tune he collected in Somerset, England.

Kenneth Peacock noted that when he became well acquainted with singers he would often entertain them with a little beer or brandy. Sometimes, however, the singing became so engrossing that he would forget to replenish the glasses, a lapse that was never brought to his attention directly. If the dry spell continued for an unbearable length of time, the singer would jog his memory discreetly by singing a song which ends like Love Is Lovely. This was certainly the most civilized way of asking for a drink Peacock had ever encountered, and just one of the subtle social graces practised by outport Newfoundlanders. He was ashamed to admit that this was not the only time he had been delinquent as a host. For another example see the last verse of The Riverhead La'nchin' On Jubilee Day. Peacock also noted that Love Is Lovely is a Newfoundland variant of an English love lament called Waly Waly collected by Cecil Sharp, who noted four variants in England and one in the Appalachians.


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