#01969
I Went To My Love's Window (MacEdward Leach)

One night as the moon it shone bright on the sky,
I first took the notion to marry;
I put on my hat and away I did go,
You might bet I had been in a hurry.

I went to the house where I oft times have been,
My heart gave a bound when my darling I seen;
She opened the door and I gently walked in,
Sayin' my darling come over the mountain.

Now what silly nonsense do run in your head?
I'd like for to see you so merry;
It's twelve by the clock and we ought to be in bed,
Speak low or my Mama will hear you.

Now if it's over the mountains with you I would go,
The country would flatter and censure me, too;
The country would flatter and censure me, too,
And my parents would frown and no wonder.

The country may prattle and censure away,
Yet use your own mind for it's very near day;
I don't give a fig what the whole of them say,
If I once had you over the mountain.

Now I got no magic, no art, or no skill,
I'm a lighthearted fellow, I love you right well;
And if you will deny, oh, darling, farewell,
I'll retrace my steps over the mountain.

She ran to the door, bidding me to excuse,
Just wait for a while till I buckle my shoes;
My heart gave a bound when I heard that glad news,
Saying, pleasantly over the mountain.

That night as the moon it shone bright on the sky,
And the morning stars are brightly shining;
We both started out on our journey with speed,
Till we came to the altar of hymen.

It is with great content we stayed there all day,
The happiness of marriage for to pass away;
And ofttimes we talked as we sat down to tea,
'Bout the trip we took over the mountain.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of I'm From Over The Mountain collected in Northern Ireland c.1928 by Sam Henry [1878-1952] and published as #H161, on pp.459-460 in Sam Henry's Songs Of The People, edited, transcribed, and annotated by E Gale Huntingdon [1901-1993]; revised with additions and indices by Lani Herrmann (University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 1990) ....####

Collected in 1951 from Ned Williams of St Vincent'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 James M (Jim) Molloy [1880-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published as Over The Mountain in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded in 1959 as Come With Me Over The Mountain by Séamus Ennis on the LP, Bonny Bunch Of Roses, track 14.

A variant was also published in 1910 as The Trip Over The Mountain in the Journal Of The Folk Song Society.


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