#01808
Beaches So Green (MacEdward Leach)
See also: The Banks Of Tralee (MacEdward Leach)
And also: The Beach Of Strablane (Kenneth Peacock)

As I strayed forth one morning in May,
Down by the green bushes I chanced for to stray;
I spied a fair damsel, she appeared like a queen,
She was spreading her clothes
on the beaches so green.

I stepped up close to her and then I did say,
Saying, you are the fairest that e'er I have seen;
It is six months or better since it ran in my mind,
That we would be married if you were inclined.

To get married, to get married
I think I'm too young,
Besides, all ye young men
have a flattering tongue;
My Dada and Mama would be angry with me,
If I married a rover, a rover like thee.

The young man got up and then walked away,
Saying, you will get better whoe'er they might be;
For the sky it looks cloudy I think we'll agree,
They shook hands and they parted
on the beaches so green.

Come back, bonny laddie, come say you'll be mine,
For the last word you spoke, love, it altered my mind.
If it altered your mind, love, it is all in vain
I'll go courting some other
on the beaches so green.

Some marry for riches, the proud haughty way,
More marry for beauty, the flower will decay;
But if e'er I get married it's plain ye may see,
That the one who proves true is the girl for me.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Braes of Strathblane, published c.1904 by James Lindsay, Jr (Glasgow) and archived in the Murray Collection of Glasgow Broadside Ballads, manuscript number: Mu23-y1044 ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mrs McCarthy of Renews, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Nicholas Keough [1879-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, and published as The Beach Of Strablane in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.499-500, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

And a similar but shorter variant was collected in 1950 from Martin Curran [1866-1954] of Calvert, NL, and published as #189 The Banks Of Tralee in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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