#03356
The Lark In The Morning (Shanneyganock) videos
See also: The Lark In The Morning (Ryan's Fancy)
#149: YouTube video by MyMoppet52
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, the lark in the morning
she rises off her nest,
She goes off in the air
with the dew all on her breast;
And like the jolly ploughboy
she whistles and she sings,
She goes home in the evening
with the dew all on her wings.

Oh, Roger the ploughboy
he is a dashing blade,
He goes whistling and singing
all through the leafy glade;
He nests at dark at Susan's,
she's handsome, I declare,
She's far more enticing than
the birds all in the air.

Oh, the lark in the morning
she rises off her nest,
She goes off in the air
with the dew all on her breast;
And like the jolly ploughboy
she whistles and she sings,
She goes home in the evening
with the dew all on her wings.

As they were riding home
from the fair all in the town,
Well, the madder was so kissable
and the heather was mowed down;
Twas there they jumped and tumbled
all in the new mown hay,
Said, "Take me now or never,"
this young lass she did say.

Oh, the lark in the morning
she rises off her nest,
She goes off in the air
with the dew all on her breast;
And like the jolly ploughboy
she whistles and she sings,
She goes home in the evening
with the dew all on her wings.

When twenty long weeks
had all of them gone past,
Well, her mother asked the reason
why she thickened 'round the waist;
"It was the jolly ploughboy,"
this young lass she did say,
"He caused me for to tumble
all in the new-mown hay."

Oh, the lark in the morning
she rises off her nest,
She goes off in the air
with the dew all on her breast;
And like the jolly ploughboy
she whistles and she sings,
She goes home in the evening
with the dew all on her wings.

So, here's a health to the ploughboy
wherever you may be,
Would you like to have a bonnie lass
a-sitting on your knee;
With a pint of good strong porter
she makes a lovely ring,
She'll make your farmer happier
than a prince or a king.

Oh, the lark in the morning
she rises off her nest,
She goes off in the air
with the dew all on her breast;
And like the jolly ploughboy
she whistles and she sings,
She goes home in the evening
with the dew all on her wings.

Oh, the lark in the morning
she rises off her nest,
She goes off in the air
with the dew all on her breast;
And like the jolly ploughboy
she whistles and she sings,
She goes home in the evening
with the dew all on her wings.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Lark In The Morning published by Swindells (Manchester) sometime between 1796 and 1853, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25(1070) ....####
This variant was recorded by Shanneyganock (Live At O'Reilly's, Vol.1, trk#14, 2000 CD, recorded live at O'Reilly's Pub, St John's, executive producers Chris Andrews and Bob Hiscock); and (Live At O'Reilly's : A Night Out, trk#1, 2002 CD, Avalon Music, St John's, executive producer Lyle Drake); and (Downhomer presents... Irish Favourites Volume 2, trk#2, 2003 CD, Avaondale Music, St John's, executive producer Lyle Drake, in conjunction with Grant Young for Downhomer).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant was recorded by the Irish Descendants (Look To The Sea, trk#15, 1993, WEA, Scarborough, Ontario, produced by Derek Harrington and distributed by Warner Music Canada).

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

A variant was also recorded as The Lark In The Morning by Ryan's Fancy (Ryan's Fancy Live, trk#7, 1975 LP, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, recorded live at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia, engineered by Al Feeney and produced by Ryan's Fancy, Fivetake Group Productions Limited).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

The video below features a 12-string guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald of Port St Mary on the Isle Of Man.

#1764: YouTube video by threelegsoman
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