#01957
Cruel Katie-O (MacEdward Leach)

I was twenty-one when I first began
to court a neighbour's child,
Her figure's tall and handsome,
she won my heart's free guile;
I asked her if she'd marry me
in time to let me know,
With pleasures now I'll wait awhile
ten years for Katie-o.

She says, young man,
be easy and tarry another while,
And don't be so pressing me,
what am I but a child;
If you intend to marry me
away now from me go,
And don't torment a figure
like lovely Katie-O.

And when she found the other one
I'm sure he lost no time,
'Twas straight before the clergy
in wedlock they were joined;
It would break the heart of any young man
if they were standing by,
To hear the remarks they were making
while the bride and groom passed by.

And now she's gone and left me
in this wide world all alone,
And where to find another like her
I don't know where to roam;
And where to find another like her
I don't know where she may be,
For cruel hearted Katie
she proved unkind to me.

Come all you sporting fellows,
a warning take by me,
Don't ever trust to any young girl
no matter what she say;
Don't ever trust to any young girl
no matter who she may be,
For cruel hearted Katie
she proved unkind to me.

####.... Variant of a song written by Mark Walker [1846-1924] of Tickle Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL ....####

See more songs by Mark Walker.

This variant collected in 1951 from John (Jack) C Molloy [1864-1955] 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 similar variant was also collected in 1951 from George J Carew [1918-1998] of Trepassey, NL, and published as Katie-O in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Another variant was collected in 1976 from Cyril Keough of Plate Cove, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #69, Lovely Katie-O, in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.121-122, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that this tragi-comic song was composed by Mark Walker who, it seems, was courting one Katie when Mike Whelan, a chap from Indian Arm (now called Summerville, Bonavista Bay), made off with the lovely maid. Lehr also noted that Mark Walker seems to have had his share of misfortunes with women - the scrap on Fanny's Harbour Bawn is true testimony.


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