#03152
Give My Love To Nell (Jerome Cole) video
See also: Jack And Joe (MacEdward Leach)
#1858 YouTube video by Jack Manischewitz
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

Ten years ago, since Jack and Joe,
Had sailed across the foam,
They both had planned a fortune each,
Before returning home.
In just one year Jack gained his wealth,
And he sailed for home that day;
And as they shook their hands to part,
Poor Joe could only say:

"Give my love to Nellie, Jack,
And kiss her once for me;
She's the sweetest girl in all this world,
I'm sure you'll say the share.
Just treat her kindly, Jack, old pal,
And tell her I am well."
His parting words were, "Don't forget,
To give my love to Nell."

Three years had passed now Joe at last,
Became wealthy now for life;
He sailed for home across the foam,
To make sweet Nell his wife.
But little did he ever think,
That Jack and Nell had wed;
He will forget but will regret,
That he had ever ever said:

"Give my love to Nellie, Jack,
And kiss her once for me;
She's the sweetest girl in all this world,
I'm sure you'll say the share.
Just treat her kindly, Jack, old pal,
And tell her I am well."
His parting words were, "Don't forget,
To give my love to Nell."

Upon the street they chanced to meet,
Says Joe, "You selfish elf!
The next girl that I learn to love,
I'll kiss her for myself.
But I won't be angry with you, Jack,
Since all in life is well."
His parting words were, "Don't forget,
To give my love to Nell."

His parting words were, "Don't forget,
To give my love to Nell.

####.... William Benson Gray, 1894 (see notes below) ....####
This variant recorded by Jerome Cole of Chapel's Cove, NL (Memories Of Home, trk#4, 1988 Cassette, Independent, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL, and manufactured for SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

A variant was also sung in 1950 as Jack and Joe by Mrs James W (Esther) O'Driscoll [b.1890] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

From the book The Stonemans: An Appalachian Family And The Music That Shaped Their Lives by Ivan M Tribe -
Jack And Joe (sometimes titled Give My Love To Nell) came from the pen of William Benson Gray in 1894. Numerous early-day recording artists seized upon this lyric, including Riley Puckett and Blind David Miller, among others. In many respects it typifies the Victorian sentimental lyrics that country folk, both singers and their audiences, took to heart and made traditional.

The video above features a performance of a variant by Jack Manischewitz.



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