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Jessie Monroe (Shanneyganock)
See also: Jessie Munro (Kenneth Peacock)
See also: Jessie Munroe (Helen Creighton)

And I'll tell you about her as far as I know...
As I went a-walking one fine summer's evening,
Down by a green meadow I chanced for to go;
I met a fair lassie she appealed to my fancy,
I'll tell you about her as far as I know.
Right fall did I day, right fall did I daddie,
I'll tell you about her as far as I know.

I said, "Fairest lassie, how far are you going,
Who is your father? - I do wish to know."
"My father's a blacksmith,
he lives down in Gloucester,
And I am his daughter young Jessie Monroe."
Right fall did I day, right fall did I daddie,
And I am his daughter young Jessie Monroe.

I said, "Dearest Jessie, my heart you have stolen,
Your two pretty eyes they are blacker than sloe;
It's into your arms I long to be falling,
And lie on the bosom of Jessie Monroe."
Right fall did I day, right fall did I daddie,
And lie on the bosom of Jessie Monroe.

She said,
"Dearest Johnny, be gone with such flattery,
For young men have sweethearts
wherever they go;
They hug them and squeeze them
and go away and leave them,
And go away and laugh at Jessie Monroe."
Right fall did I day, right fall did I daddie,
And go away and laugh at Jessie Monroe.

I said, "Dearest Jessie, since you spoke so saucy,
It's back to my own dearest fast as I go;
She's not quite so bonnie, but this her first Johnny,
So go to the devil, young Jessie Monroe!"
Right fall did I day, right fall did I daddie,
So go to the devil, young Jessie Monroe!
Right fall did I day, right fall did I daddie,
So go to the devil, young Jessie Monroe!
So go to the devil, young Jessie Monroe!
So go to the devil, young Jessie Monroe!

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad [Laws P40] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.271 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

This variant arranged and recorded by Shanneyganock (Fling Out The Flag, Avondale Music, 2006).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as Jessie Munro in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.291-292, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

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, 1932; Dover, New York, 1966).


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