#03593
Matt Eiley (Figgy Duff) video
See also: Matt Ireland (MacEdward Leach)
#2391: YouTube video by gdgest
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

There was a lord lived in this town,
he raised one handsome comely daughter;
She fell in love with a young man
who was a servant to her father.
Many's the lord came to this town,
rich lords and squires to court Miss Nancy;
But none of them could please her mind,
nor none of them could suit her fancy.

But when her father came this to hear,
he swore he'd have him leave the island;
But the lady swore her heart would break,
if he banished from her young Matt Eiley.
Straight to his own bedside she went:
"Awake, awake, and are you sleeping?
Arise, my dear, and go your way,
this very night you will be taken."

"How can I go, my dear," he said,
"Just like some poor forlorn stranger?
To leave my service in disgrace;
likewise to go without my wages."
"Here's fifty guineas all in bright gold,
and that is more than my father owes you;
Take this, my dear, and go your way,
I wish that I was gone before you."

"I did not know, my dear," he said,
"I did not know how dear you loved him;
I will give you leave to fetch him back,
since there is no lord you would style above him."
She wrote a letter all in post haste,
her heart and hand were both declining;
She brought him back the very next day
and made a lord out of young Matt Eiley.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Young Mat Hyland, published by W Armstrong (Liverpool) sometime between 1820 and 1824, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmarks: Harding B 16(315c) ....####
Recorded by Figgy Duff on their self-titled debut album (Figgy Duff, trk#16, 1980 LP, Posterity Records, Toronto, Ontario, recorded and mixed at Nimbus 9 Studios, Toronto, Ontario, and produced by Gary Furniss and Tom Treumuth for Hypnotic Productions); reissued: (Figgy Duff, trk#16, 1997 CD, Amber Music, Topsail, NL).

See more songs by Figgy Duff.

A variant was collected in 1951 as Matt Ireland from John James [1903-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected in 1951 from Dennis (Din) Dobbin [1900-1976] of St Vincent's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1930 from Mrs Joseph McCarthy by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] and published as #71, Young M'Tyre, on pp.220-221 of Folk Songs From Newfoundland (Faber & Faber, London, 1971; also Oxford, 1934).



line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here