#02253
Jessie Munro (Kenneth Peacock) video
See also: Jessie Monroe (Shanneyganock)
And also: Jessie Munroe (Helen Creighton)
#1396 YouTube video by dshorock
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

One fine summer's evening as I went a-walking,
Down by Nancy market I chanced for to go,
I spied a fair damsel which pleasèd my fancy,
I'll tell you about her so far as I know.
And saying whack fall the day,
right fall the dall laddie,

I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

I said,
"Lovely creature, oh, where are you going,
And who are your parents? - I'm anxious to know."
"My father's a blacksmith in the city of Glasgow,
And I am his daughter young Jessie Munro."
And saying whack fall the day,
right fall the dall laddie,

I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

I said,
"Lovely Jessie, my heart you have stolen,
Your two pretty eyes they are black as a sloe,
It's into your arms I fain would be rolling
And lie in the bosom of Jessie Munro."
And saying whack fall the day,
right fall the dall laddie,

I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

She said,
"Dearest Johnny, go on with your flattering,
For into your buildings I never will go,
Your chin it do chatter, likewise your tongue flatter,
Some handsomer laddie's for Jessie Munro."
And saying whack fall the day,
right fall the dall laddie,

I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

I said,
"Lovely Jessie, I'll now stop my flattering,
And into my buildings alone I will go,
My chin it do chatter, likewise my tongue flatter,
You can go to the devil, young Jessie Munro!"
And saying whack fall the day,
right fall the dall laddie,

I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad [Laws P40] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.271 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
Collected by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.291-292, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The video above features Linda Dawe Slade-Byrne of Kingwell and Arnold's Cove, Placentia Bay, and St John's, NL, singing as part of the Crow's Nest Song Circle set at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in Bannerman Park, St John's, NL.

A variant was collected by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] from Benjamin H Henneberry [1863-1951] of Devil's Island, Nova Scotia, and published as #78, Jessie Munroe in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia (J M Dent, Toronto, Ontario, 1932; Dover, New York, 1966).

A variant was arranged and recorded as Jessie Monroe by Shanneyganock (Fling Out The Flag, Avondale Music, 2006).



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