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A Lad And A Lass (Figgy Duff) video
See also: A Lad And A Lass (Kenneth Peacock)
#2355: YouTube video by gdgest
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Down by the river there dwelt a young couple,
A lad and a lass who was buxom and gay;
Long years they'd been courting,
no sign of a wedding,
Till at length this young maid
to the young man did say:
"Come tell me in plain
what is it you mean?
I am tired of waiting,
still thinking you would marry me,
So now your sweet company, sir, I'll refrain."

"All for to get married I think it a pity,
A pity to part with my sweet single life;
You are my own true love, I'll not this deny you,
But foolish I'd be for to make you my wife:
For when a man gets married his joys take a-fly,
He is robbed of his liberty, tied down to slavery,
But now I am free and I wish you goodbye."

"If ever I do get the chance to get married,
I will pass that young man
who did treat me unkind."
When at length came a page
for to court this fair damsel,
And soon for a wedding they both were inclined.

"I will write a fond letter all to my own true love,
To come to my wedding on the sixth day of June;
To come to my wedding that he might be welcome,
To wait on the table and address the bridegroom."
Those lines he did read which made his heart bleed,
In tears he did mourn which made his heart burn,
Saying, "Faith! Being foolish, I have lost her indeed."

"I will saddle my horse, I will go to the wedding,
I will go to the wedding on the sixth day of June;
I will go to the wedding that I might be welcome,
To wait on the table and address the bridegroom:
If I had but known that you would be gone,
I would no longer tarry but with you I'd marry;
So get up behind me and leave him alone."

"I told you, you know, and it's not long ago,
The cause of your folly made you melancholy,
And oftentimes caused you for to lay alone;
You said when a man gets married
his joys take a-fly,
He is robbed of his liberty,
tied down to slavery,
But now you are free
and I'll wish you goodbye."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, No Sign Of A Marriage [Laws P3] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
The video above features Figgy Duff performing live at the Fifth Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival in St John's Pippy Park on opening day June 27, 1981.

See more songs by Figgy Duff.

A variant was collected in 1958 as A Lad And A Lass from Mrs Charlotte Decker [1884-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, and Mrs Freeman Bennett [1908-2006] of St Paul's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.542-544, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that this would appear to be quite a rare ballad, for he had not seen it in other collections. The point of the story comes across very well, despite the rather hopeless confusion of the text. Those who wish to use the song professionally will be able to re-arrange the text and the melody in a more regular form, in the usual ballad quatrain if possible.



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