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Down By the Tanyard Side (MacEdward Leach)
See also: The Slaney Side (MacEdward Leach)
And also: The Slaney Side (Kenneth Peacock)

I am a rambling hero, by love I am ensnared,
Reared near the town of Countydown,
there dwells a comely maid;
She is fairer than Diana bright,
she is free from all earthly pride,
She is the lonely queen,
her dwelling place lies near the Tanyard side.

I stood in meditation,
I viewed her o'er and o'er,
I thought she was Aurora bright,
descending down so low;
"Oh, no, kind sir, I'm a country girl,"
she modestly replied,
"I labour daily for my bread
down by the Tanyard side."

Her golden hair in ringlets rare
hung o'er her snow-white neck,
The kindling glances from her eyes
t'would save a ship from wreck;
Her two brown sparkling eyes
and her teeth like the ivory white,
They would make a man become her slave
down by the Tanyard side.

For twelve long months we courted
till at length we did agree,
For to acquaint her parents
and it's married we would be;
Till at length her cruel father
to me he proved unkind,
Which makes me sail across the seas
and leave my love behind.

Farewell, my honest sweetheart,
I now must bid adieu,
I am crossing the mid-ocean
all for the love of you;
And if ever I'll return again
if God spares me my life,
I will roll you in my arrums
down by the Tanyard side.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Tan-Yard Side [Laws M28] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Tan-Yard Side, published by H Disley (London) sometime between 1860 and 1883, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(3956) ....####

This variant was sung in 1951 by Peter T Molloy [1876-?] 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 sung in 1950 by Mrs Bridget M (Bride) Duggan [1900-1993] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published as The Slaney Side 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 1952 from Mrs Philip J (Mary Ellen) Foley [1918-1997] of Tilting, NL, as The Slaney Side and in 1961 from Patrick W Nash [1897-1972] of Branch, NL, as The Tanyard Side by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.592-593, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

From the Free Dictionary:
Tanyard - an enclosure where the tannng of leather is carried on; a tannery.

Note: The River Slaney diagonally divides Ireland's County Wexford in two.


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