#03211
Seven Years (Pamela Morgan) video
See also: Seven Years I Loved A Sailor
(Kenneth Peacock)
#1965: YouTube video by figgyduff2009
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Fair young maid standing by her window,
A brisk young sailor she chanced to see;
He looked on her as if he knew her,
Saying pretty girl, would you fancy me?

Seven years I have loved a sailor,
And seven more he's been gone to sea;
Seven more I will wait upon him,
Till he returns for to marry me.

Fair young maid, don't you be so foolish,
To waste your life upon just one man;
Perhaps he's dead, or perhaps he's married,
Maybe he's ill in a foreign land.

Well, if he's sick, I will wish him better,
And if he's married, I will wish him joy;
If he's dead, I will wish him heaven,
For he once was my sailor boy.

Seven years, you have been so loyal,
And seven years, you have been so true;
I wish I was that brisk young sailor,
I'd not delay for to marry you.

Seven years I have loved a sailor,
And seven more he's been gone to sea;
Seven years makes an alteration,
In the course of love between you and me.

####.... Author unknown. Abbreviated variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Pretty Fair Maid (The Maiden in the Garden; The Broken Token) [Laws N42] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a related variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Loyal Sailor, published by J Farraby (Hull) sometime between 1803 and 1838, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 17(180a) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Pamela Morgan of Grand Falls, NL, on her second solo release (Seven Years, trk#7, 2002 CD, Amber Music, Topsail, NL).

Also Sung by Mrs Jack (Ellen) (Nell) M Carroll [1911-1997] from Red Island, Placentia Bay and Stephenville, NL, and published with sheet music and lyrics in Newfoundland Ballads For Piano and Voice, pp.12-13, ©2011 by Pamela Morgan, Amber Music, St John's, NL.


See more songs by Pamela Morgan.

Three related variants were collected by Kenneth Peacock as Seven Years I Loved A Sailor from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, Mr John Francis [1896-?] and Mrs John Francis (Elizabeth) Mahoney [1904-?] of Stock Cove, Bonavista Bay South, NL, and Joshua Osbourne [c1903-?] of Seal Cove, White Bay, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.584-589, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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