#01963
I'm Lonely Since My Mother Died
(MacEdward Leach)

As I roved out one evening clear,
Down by a river I did stray;
There I spied a comely maid,
These very words I heard her say:

I'm lonely since my mother died,
My friends and comrades turned on me;
Do not smile because I cry,
I'm lonely since my mother died.

My father he was married twice,
He brought a stepmother unto me;
She beats and turns me out-of-doors,
Whenever I mention mother's name.

I looked my father in the face,
And unto him did softly say:
I never hear you speak of mother's name,
Since God has taken her away.

Kind friends, a warning take by me,
You all have mothers old and grey;
Do not cause them any pain,
You ever will regret the day.

I'm lonely since my mother died,
My friends and comrades turned on me;
Do not smile because I cry,
I'm lonely since my mother died.

####.... Variant of a sentimental song written in 1863 by Henry S Thompson [ca.1824-?] of Boston, MA ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mrs John Augustus (Mary) Molloy [1895-1979] 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).


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