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Claudie's Banks (MacEdward Leach) MIDI
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As I roved out one evening
in the lovely month of May,
Down by a shady valley
I carelessly did stray;
I overheard a damsel
and sore she did complain.
All for her absent lover
that's crossing o'er the main.

He quickly saluted me
and put me in surprise,
I own I did not know him
for he being in disguise;
He said, "My dearest jewel,
my joy, my heart's delight,
How far have you to traveled
this dark and stormy night?"

"Kind sir, a way to Claudie's banks
if you'd be pleased to show,
Pity a distressed maid,
it's there I have to go,
In search of a faithless young man,
and Johnny is his name,
And it's on the banks of Claudie
I'm told he do remain."

"Fair maid, a way to Claudie's banks
is right here where we stand,
Don't you depend on Johnny
for he is a false young man;
Don't you depend on Johnny
for he'll not meet you there,
But come with me to yon green tree,
no danger need you fear."

She wrang her hands and tore her hair
and bitterly did cry,
"Since Johnny is gone and left me
no comfort can I find;
Since Johnny is gone and left me
no other bride I'll be,
Through shady groves I'll wander
till he'll return to me."

Oh, when he saw her loyalty
he could no longer stand,
He flew unto her two arms saying,
"Betsy I'm the man;
Saying, Betsy, I'm the young man that's
the cause of all your pain,
And since we've met on Claudie's banks
we ne'er shall part again."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Banks Of Claudy [Laws N40] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Banks Of Claudy, published by J Catnach (London) sometime between 1813 and 1838, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(1847) ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mrs Catherine Mary (K) McCarthy [1990-1963] of St Shott's, 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 in 1951 from Francis O'Brien of Trepassey, NL, and published as Claudy's Banks in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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