#02707
Back Bay Hill (Ed McCurdy) video
See also: Citadel Hill (Fowke and Johnston)
#1247: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

One day in December I'll never forget,
A charming young creature I first met;
Her eyes shone like diamonds,
she was dressed up to kill,
She was slippin' and trippin' down Back Bay Hill.

Sing fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Liddy-aye-eh.

I says, "My fair creature, you will me excuse!"
She be takin' me arm, she did not refuse;
Her arm slipped in mine, I felt love's thrill,
That made it alright on Back Bay Hill.

Sing fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Liddy-aye-eh.

The very next day to the church we did go,
Which made all the people talk you must know;
Said the priest, "Will you wed?"
Says I, "That we will!"
And it's coupled we were on Back Bay Hill.

Sing fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Liddy-aye-eh.

It's now we are married and children have three,
Me and the missus can never agree;
She called one Bridget, the other one Bill,
Says I, "Call the other one Back Bay Hill."

Sing fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Liddy-aye-eh.

Come all you young fellows, take warnin' by me,
If ever in need of a wife you may be;
I'll tell you where you'll get your fill,
Slippin' and trippin' down Back Bay Hill.

Sing fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Fall-de-dol diddle-dum,
Liddy-aye-eh.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional song found in the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland ....####
This variant and the video above feature a recording by Ed McCurdy [1919-2000] (A Ballad Singer's Choice, trk#2, 1956, Tradition Records, Empire Musicwerks, digitally remastered in 2006).

A very similar variant was collected in 1932 from Frank Faulkner by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia, p.101 (Dent, 1932; Dover, 1966). Helen Creighton noted that Frank Faulkner learned this song while sealing in 1902, and also that the name Back Bay may be changed to any hill in the place where the song is sung.

A variant was collected as Citadel Hill by Edith Fulton Fowke (Literary Editor) and Richard Johnston (Music Editor) and published in Folk Songs Of Canada, pp.164-165 (Waterloo Music Company, Waterloo, Ontario, 1954).

A variant was also published as Sig-i-nal Hill by Omar Blondahl (Newfoundlanders Sing, p.107, 1964) and recorded by Blondahl (Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#12, 197?, Continental Records, Toronto, Ontario).


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