#01947
Green Valley (MacEdward Leach)

A young man courted me earnestly,
It was to his wish I did agree;
He had a false and a flattering heart,
He courted me when I was young.

It was on a book he got me to swear,
Saying, that was her love, I do declare;
To wed no man, no man but he,
As the sun rose down over yon green valley.

You have a heart, love, and I got none,
Pray give me mine, love, and keep your own;
For you're as false as the wavering wind,
And I dote no more on false mankind.

You caught me fast, not to let me go,
Saying, you are my love, by right you know;
Perform those promises you made to me,
As the sun rose down over yon green valley.

Now he's gone and left me behind,
Some other fair one has changed his mind;
Some other fair one of a high degree,
Has changed his mind from yon green valley.

I wished, I wished, and I wished in vain,
I wished I was a maid again;
A maid, a maid I will never be,
Until apples grow on laurel trees.

I'll sing this verse and I'll sing no more,
Since the lad has left me, gone far away;
Since the lad has left me, gone far away,
Has changed his mind from yon green valley.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a Scottish traditional, Yon Green Valley ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mrs Teresa (Leonard) Molloy nee Hayward (1910-?)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 collected in 1951 by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and published as Yon Green Valley in Maritime Folk Songs, pp.86-87 (Ryerson, Toronto, 1962/1972).

A variant was also collected by Peter Douglas Kennedy [1922-2006] of London & Leckhampton, Gloucestershire, UK on the Isle of Bressay, Shetland, Scotland, and published as #168, Yon Green Valley, in Folksongs Of Britain And Ireland (1975).


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