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Yankee Shore (Kenneth Peacock)

As I roved out one morning,
being in the lovely month of May,
I spied a pretty fair one
as she was minding of her hay;
Her age had been about sixteen
so near as I could understand,
She seemed to be some gorgeous queen
in that lovely place called Ireland.

"Good morning, pretty fair one."
"Good morning, kindly sir," she did say.
"Oh, can you fancy a sailor
belonging to Americay?
If you could fancy a sailor
it's married then we would be,
And then we would sail over to
that lovely place called Americay."

"Oh yes," replied this fair one,
"I likes your offer very well,
There are sailors in this country
but no one of them can you excel,
Just step up to my father
and try what he has to say,
And then we will sail over to
that lovely place called Americay."

'Twas hand in hand together
this lovely young couple went,
They went unto her father
to try what he had to say,
He kindly saluted her
and he asked her who I may be,
And she told him I was a sailor
belonging to Americay.

"Kind sir, this is your daughter,
she's the only one that I do adore,
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She's the only one I do adore
and the only one that I do prize,
She is one of the fairest creatures
that ever shined in under the watery skies."

To see her agèd father I am sure
'twould grieve your heart full sore,
To see her agèd mother I am sure
'twould grieve you ten times more,
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When I took her from her parents
and land her safe on the Yankee shore.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Irish ballad ....####

This variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1958 from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.233-234, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Another variant was collected on a sound recording in 1952 from the singing of Cornelius Boutilier (West) of Wingin Point, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, by Helen Creighton and archived in the Government of Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage Archives & Records Management Virtual Exhibit, Rec. no. 2162, Loc. no. AR 5546 AC 2317, MF no. 289.457.


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