#01891
The Banks Of Tralee (MacEdward Leach)
See also: The Beach Of Strablane (Kenneth Peacock)
And also: Beaches So Green (MacEdward Leach)

As I went a-roving out
one morning in May,
To view those green fields
and the meadow so gay,
'Twas there I a-spied
oh a neat little queen,
She was spreading her clothes
on the bridge at Tralee.

As I stepped up to her
with tears in my eyes,
Saying, "You are the fairest
that ever I spied.
And 'tis six months or better
since I planned in my mind,
That we would get married
if you were inclined."

"Oh, get married?" she says,
"Oh, my age is too young.
Besides, all those young men
they got flattering tongues.
My dada and mama would be
angry with me,
If I'd marry a rover
or a lover like thee."

Oh, the laddie got up,
he was walking away,
"Come back, bonny laddie,"
those words she did say.
"Oh the sky do look cloudy.
I think we'll have rain."
They shook hands and they parted
on the bridge at Tralee.

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

A variant was 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.

A longer variant was collected from Mrs Catherine Mary McCarthy [1890-1963] of Renews, NL, and published as Beaches So Green in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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