#03626
Jenny Donnelly (Randy Dyke) video
#2300: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

On a bright moonlit night over Lucan,
strolled the Belle of Biddulph and her beau,
He would soon have to leave for St Thomas
and he quietly begged her to go:
Come away, come away Jenny Donnelly,
from Lucan I beg you to flee,
Come away, come away Jenny Donnelly,
come and live in St Thomas with me.

There's a grey cloud of hate over Lucan,
and a black shadow strangles this land,
So, tonight let us go to your father,
and there I will ask for your hand;
Come away, come away Jenny Donnelly,
for the love in my heart you can see,
Say goodbye, say goodbye Jenny Donnelly,
to this land and its dark destiny.

They were married and lived in St Thomas,
where their children did happily grow,
There was joy till the day came the message,
proclaiming its tidings of woe;
And it read, your family has been murdered,
can you come? They'll be buried today.
Jenny cried, Jenny cried at the funeral,
till beside her she heard someone say:

Come away, come away Jenny Donnelly,
from Lucan I beg you to flee,
Come away, come away Jenny Donnelly,
come and live in St Thomas with me;
Come away, come away Jenny Donnelly,
from Lucan I beg you to flee,
Come away, come away Jenny Donnelly,
come and live in St Thomas with me.

####.... Stompin' Tom Connors, OC, from Saint John, New Brunswick [1936-2013] ....####
Variant of a recording by Stompin' Tom Connors (Stompin' Tom Meets Big Joe Mufferaw, trk#6, 1970 LP, Dominion Records and re-release on Boot Records and EMI); and (KIC Along With Stompin' Tom, trk#11, 1993 CD, EMI); and (Stompin' Tom Sings Canadian History, trk#15 2001 CD, EMI).

This variant and the video above are from a recording by Randy Dyke (Memories Of Home, trk#6, 2000 CD, Independent).


See more songs by Randy Dyke.

From The Canadian Encyclopedia / The Encyclopedia Of Music In Canada:
The Donnellys - Early in the morning of 4 Feb 1880, a party of armed men brutally murdered James Donnelly, a farmer living near the village of Lucan, Ontario, his wife Johannah, his sons Thomas and John, and his niece Bridget Donnelly. Two eyewitnesses, 11-year-old Johnny O'Connor, and James Donnelly's eldest son, William, claimed to have identified six of the murderers, who were subsequently brought to trial in nearby London. The case aroused international interest as it became known that the killings were the result of a factional feud originating in County Tipperary, Ireland. In Canada over the preceding three decades, the vendetta had claimed a heavy toll in lives and property. There were two trials of the accused men. At the first, in September 1880, the jury disagreed, creating a hung jury. A second jury in January 1881 returned a directed verdict of not guilty. Despite eyewitness testimony, no one was ever convicted of the crime. A century later the case continues to excite interest and controversy. More than 100 factual and fictional accounts have appeared, the best known being T P Kelley's The Black Donnellys (1954). ~ Orlo Miller.

From Wikipedia:
Lucan Biddulph - incorporated township in the Canadian province of Ontario, formed on January 1, 1999, by amalgamating the Village of Lucan with Biddulph Township. The township had a population of 4,338 people in the Canada 2011 Census, and covers an area of 168.76 km² of land within Middlesex County.
Comprising 40,000 acres (160 km²) of Middlesex County, the Township of Biddulph was surveyed by agents of the Canada Company in 1830. The township took its name from John Biddulph, one of the earliest directors of the Canada Company.
Until its incorporation in 1872, the village of Lucan had been known as Marystown, named in tribute to the wife of John McDonald, who was the original land surveyor of the area. When a duplicate Marystown was found to have already registered with the Post Office, the name Lucan was put forth and accepted by the postal authorities. Lucan was named in tribute to Lord Lucan, a prominent landowner in Ireland.
St Thomas - city in Ontario, first settled in 1810, located approximately 57km (35 miles) south of Lucan Biddulph at the intersection of two historical roads. It was named the seat of the new Elgin County in 1844, was incorporated as a village in 1852, and as a town in 1861. In 1881 St Thomas became a city. It was named after Thomas Talbot who helped promote the development of this region during the early 19th-century. The founder of the settlement that became St Thomas was Captain Daniel Rapelje, descendant of a Walloon family settled in New Amsterdam, now New York City, at its inception in the seventeenth-century. In 1820, Rapelje, the town's first settler, divided his land into town lots suitable for a village. Owner of the New England Mill, Rapelje subsequently donated two acres of land for the building of Old St Thomas Church. In 1871, the developing village of Millersburg, which included lands east of the London and Port Stanley Railway, amalgamated with St Thomas. In the late 19th-century and early 20th-century several railways were constructed through the city, and St Thomas became an important railway junction. A total of 26 railways have passed through the city since the first railway was completed in 1856. In the 1950s and 1960s, with the decline of the railway as a mode of transportation, other industry began to locate in the city, mainly primary and secondary automotive manufacturing. Jumbo the elephant died here on September 15, 1885, when a locomotive crashed into him. There is a life-sized commemorative statue that was erected in 1985, on the centennial of Jumbo's demise.



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