#02407
If I Were A Blackbird (Harry Hibbs) videos
See also: The Old Blackbird (MacEdward Leach)
And also: If I Was A Blackbird (Andy M Stewart)
#656: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

If I were a blackbird, I'd whistle and sing,
And follow the ship that my true love sails in;
And on the top rigging I would there build my nest,
And I'd pillow my head on my young lover's breast.

She was a young maiden and her story is sad,
For once she was courted by a brave sailor lad;
He courted her truly by night and by day,
But now he has left her and gone far away.

If I were a blackbird, I would whistle and sing,
And follow the ship that my true love sails in;
And on the top rigging I would there build my nest,
And I'd pillow my head on my young lover's breast.

Me parents they deride me and would not agree,
That me and my sailor lad married should be;
But let them deride me and do what they will,
While there's breath in my body,
he's the one I love still.

If I were a blackbird, I'd whistle and sing,
I'd follow the ship that my true love sailed in;
And on the top rigging I would there build my nest,
And I'd pillow my head on my young lover's breast.
And I'd pillow my head on my young lover's breast.

####.... Author unknown. Early twentieth-century traditional lament ....####
This variant was recorded by Harry Hibbs (Somewhere At Sea, trk#11, 1971, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Hannah O'Brien of Tors Cove, NL, and published as The Old Blackbird in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also published on p.119 of Newfoundlanders, Sing!: A Collection Of Favorite Newfoundland Folk Songs compiled by Omar Blondahl and published for Robin Hood Flour Mills (E J Bonnell Associates, St John's, NL, 1964).


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A male variant was reworked and published as If I Was A Blackbird in The Andy M Stewart Collection songbook, 1998.

The video below features the same recording as above created by a different YouTuber.


#656: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~


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