#02285

I'll Be Seventeen Come Sunday
(Kenneth Peacock) Var A
See also: Seventeen Come Sunday (Peacock)
And also: As I Roved Out (The Fables)
And also: As I Roved Out (Rankin Street)
And also: As I Roved Out (Ryan's Fancy)

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As I roved out one May morning,
One May morning so early,
I met a dark and comely maid,
And her hair hung down her shoulder.
   With my rue-rye-ah, fall-a-diddle-ay,
   Rye-oh fall-a-diddle die-doh.

Where are you going my pretty fair maid,
Where are you going my honey?
'Twas with a smile she answered me:
"I've a message for my mama.
   With my rue-rye-ah, fall-a-diddle-ay,
   Rye-oh fall-a-diddle die-doh."

How old are you my pretty fair maid,
How old are you my honey?
'Twas with a smile she answered me:
"I am seventeen come Sunday.
   With my rue-rye-ah, fall-a-diddle-ay,
   Rye-oh fall-a-diddle die-doh."

Oh you are too young to take a man,
You are too young to marry;
'Twas with a smile she answered me:
"Just step aside and try me
   With my rue-rye-ah, fall-a-diddle-ay,
   Rye-oh fall-a-diddle die-doh."

Oh I went to her mama's house,
When the moon shone bright and clearly;
And she arose and let me in,
And her mama did not hear me
   With my rue-rye-ah, fall-a-diddle-ay,
   Rye-oh fall-a-diddle die-doh."

This variant collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1951 from Howard Leopold Morry [1885-1972] of Ferryland, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.284-285 by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

I'll Be Seventeen Come Sunday
(Kenneth Peacock) Var B

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"How old are you my pretty fair maid,
How old are you my honey?"
She answered me quite cheerfully,
"I am seventeen come Sunday."
   With my rue-die-ah, fall-the-diddle-ah,
   Fall the doleful lie day.

"You're rather young for to take a man,
You're rather young my honey."
"Oh if you think I'm not of age
"You can go ahead and try me.
   With my rue-die-ah, fall-the-diddle-ah,
   Fall the doleful lie day.

This variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1960 from George Samms [1908-2002] of Stephenville Crossing (Formerly Codroy Valley) NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, p.286, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

####.... Both versions above are variants of a 19th-century British broadside ballad [Laws O17] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also variants of a British broadside ballad, Seventeen Come Sunday, published by J Paul and Co (London) sometime between 1838 and 1845, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth b.34(67) ....####

Kenneth Peacock noted that this amusing ditty has wide currency in both North America and in England where it originated. Despite its light-hearted mood there is a sinister undercurrent suggested by use of the word 'rue' in both variants. The double meaning of the word is clearer in the following verse from The Seeds Of Love collected by Cecil Sharp.

My garden it is run wild,
For the want of planting it new;
The beds that used to be covered with thyme,
Are all run into rue.

Peacock continued by noting that in her eagerness to have her garden planted, this 'dark and comely maid,' who will be seventeen come Sunday, also runs the risk of having it 'all run into rue.' Notice also, Peacock adds, the words 'fall,' 'doleful,' and 'die.' He summarizes with, "The nonsense vocables in this sort of chorus have more meaning than generally supposed."

Kenneth Peacock also recorded a variant as Seventeen Come Sunday on his album Songs and Ballads of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956) Cut #B.07.

A variant with the title As I Roved Out was also recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs, Boot Records 1982).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded with the title As I Roved Out by The Fables (A Time, 2000).

See more songs by The Fables.

A variant was also recorded with the title As I Roved Out by Rankin Street (Pre-GBS tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub in St John's NL, trk#16, 1991, NRA Productions, Ltd).

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