#01945
The Girls From Newfoundland (MacEdward Leach)
See also: The Bouncing Girl In Fogo (Peacock)
And also: Girls From Newfoundland (Kevin Collins)

There's a girl in St John's city
I'm going out to see,
No fellow in the region
that knows her only me;
She cried so when I left her
I thought I'd break her heart,
And if I ever find her
we never more shall part.

She's the sweetest rose of color
a soldier ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds
they sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Scottie girls
from Boston o'er the strand,
But none of them are any like
the girls from Newfoundland.

When summer winds are blowing
and starry nights are bright,
I would take her to the Nickel
most every weekday night;
And as we watched the pictures,
oft to her I did say,
I hope you won't forget me
when I am far away.

So now I'm going to leave her,
for soon I'll have to go,
For it's soon I'll be sailing,
for to fight the German foe;
And if I die in battle
where shot and shell do roar,
There is one brave girl will think of me
on Terra Nova Shore.

I hope, please God, someday to see,
for when the war is o'er,
The only girl I love on earth's
on Terra Nova Shores;
Though but a private in the ranks
my part I well will play,
So keep the old flag flying
and help to win the day.

Now sweethearts keep your courage up
wherever you may,
You'll find I am no coward,
I'm not downhearted, no;
To fight for you and all at home
the khaki suit I wear,
When fighting in the trenches
you bet I'll do my share.

I left my home and all I love
and by the flag do stand,
You'll find I am no slackard
I belong to Newfoundland;
I want no man to fight for me,
my country on me calls,
And I'm prepared to fight it out,
or in the trenches fall.

And every man that's in the ranks
from Terra Nova's shores,
Has the spirit of their fathers,
as in the days of yore,
Who fought well at Sebastopol
and more at Waterloo;
So now, dear sons, take out your guns
and see what ye can do.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####

Collected in 1951 from Leo Halleran [1884-1952] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Variants were also collected in 1951 from John (Jack) C Molloy [1864-1955] of St Shott's, NL, and from George Hatfield [1865-?] of Tors Cove, NL, and published as Girls Of Newfoundland in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A two-verse variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs Wallace (Amelia J) Kinslow [1903-1985] of Isle aux Morts, NL, and published as The Bouncing Girl In Fogo in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, p.354, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was recorded as Girls From Newfoundland by Kevin Collins of Placentia, NL (My Old Homestead, 1988, Sawyer Hill Productions) with a musical arrangement of an original Kevin Collins composition.


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