#03562
Sally Monroe (Jim Payne) video
See also: Sally Monroe (MacEdward Leach)
And also: Young Sally Monro (Kenneth Peacock)
#2368: YouTube video by gdgest
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

Now, Jimmy Richards it is my name,
a blacksmith by trade,
'Twas in the town of Ayr where
I was born and reared on bread;
'Twas straight down to Belfast
for work, sure, I did go,
And 'twas there I fell in love
with young Sally Monroe.

I wrote Sally a letter,
some loving words I penned,
I wrote Sally a letter
and I give it to a friend;
Instead of being a friend of mine
he proved to be a foe,
And he never give my letter
to young Sally Monroe.

He told Sally's mother
for to beware of me,
That I have a girl
in my own counteree;
"I'm glad," said Sally's mother,
"I'm after hearing so,
And he never will enjoy
my young Sally Monroe."

Now six long months have passed,
not a line have I heard,
From the gay bonny lassie,
the one I love so dear;
Being on one fine Sunday morning,
down by a shady grove,
When who chanced to pass by
but young Sally Monroe.

I says, "My lovely Sally,
will you come along with me,
Astraight down to Belfast
and married we will be."
"If you have no objections
along with you I'll go,
That's if you will prove true
to young Sally Monroe."

Now that being on a Sunday,
and on Monday we sot sail,
Astraight down to Belfast
with a sweet and a pleasant gale;
Leaving our friends behind us,
caused many a tear to flow,
Oh, but still I was quite happy
with young Sally Monroe.

Now that being on a Monday,
and the Tuesday thick of fog,
And our gallant ship, oh,
she struck against the rock;
Five hundred in number
to the bottom they did go,
And amongst that great number
went young Sally Monroe.

'Twas from her aged parents
I stole her away,
And that will check my conscience
until my dying day;
I'm sorry, I'm sorry,
for ever doing so,
And I'll mourn till I die
for young Sally Monroe.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Sally Monroe [Laws K11] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.445 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a Scottish broadside ballad, Sally Munro, probably published between 1830 and 1850 and archived at the National Library of Scotland, shelfmark: L.C.178.A.2(211) ....####
This variant was collected from John Bishop of Placentia, NL, by Kenneth S Goldstein, Eric West, and Marilyn Willcott, and recorded on tape number C3837, tape counter number 187, side A, and on tape number C3552, tape counter number 556, side B, held in the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, and performed live in 1981 by Jim Payne for the Fifth Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival at the St John's Curling Club.

See more songs by Jim Payne.

A variant was sung in 1950 by James Maher [1885-1969] of Flatrock, NL, and published as Sally Monroe in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Another variant was collected in 1961 from Patrick J Rossiter [1900-1980] of Fermeuse, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Young Sally Monro in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.488-489, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

GEST notes that the word 'sot' appears several times in the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English, usually within quotations which serve as examples of usage for defined words. The word itself is obscurely defined on page two of the Introduction to the Dictionary. It is used in this song as the past tense of the verb 'set' spoken with a Newfoundland dialect.



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