#03547
Polly Moore (The Dardanelles) video
See also: Polly Moore (MacEdward Leach)
#2348: YouTube video by gdgest
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

I've come, my dear, for to take my leave,
I'm going to sail, love, do not weep;
Going to sail o'er the Spanish shore,
And I'll leave my fair one, I'll leave my fair one,
Leave my fair one, the girl I adore.

Hark, dear Jimmy, unto me,
There's many's a brave shipwrecked at sea;
You best seek leisure in your true love's arms,
Free from all dangers, free from all dangers,
Free from all dangers and those cold winter storms.

No cold, no danger need I fear,
I'm going to sail in a privateer;
If God pleases to spare my life,
When I return, love, when I return, love,
When I return, love, I'll make you my wife.

There's one thing more that disturbs my mind,
Another fair one I fear you'll find;
When you're rambling on the Spanish shore,
Oh, you ne'er will think on, you ne'er will think on,
You ne'er will think on your poor Polly Moore.

Had I a thousand girls at sea,
I'd love no other one but thee.
Go, said Polly, if you're so true,
I will wed with no man, I'll wed with no man,
I'll wed with no man, my dear boy, but you.

At length this loving couple did part,
In sobbing sighs and aching hearts;
Aboard a vessel and away he went,
And he left that young maid, he left that young maid,
He left that young maid in tears to lament.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional ballad ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by The Dardanelles (The Eastern Light, trk#2, 2011 CD, produced by John Doyle, recorded by Don Ellis at Fat Track Studios, St John's, mixed by Jim Cooley at Compass Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and mastered by Jason Whelan at The Sound Solution, St John's, NL).

A variant was collected in 1951 as Polly Moore from John B (Jack) Myrick [1904-1954] of St Shott's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).



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