#03663
Signal Hill (John White) video
#1646: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

One night in December I'll never forget.
A charming young maiden I happened to met;
Her eyes shone like diamonds,
we were dressed fit to kill,
And I met her, I was sliding down Signal Hill.
Will you come along with me b'ys,
Come along with me b'ys down Signal Hill.

I said, "Now my fair one if you will excuse."
To partake of me arms sure she didn't refuse;
Well then I must say that I first met love's thrill,
When I met her, I was sliding down Signal Hill.
Will you come along with me b'ys,
Come along with me b'ys down Signal Hill.

Well the very next day to the church we did go,
Which made all the people
chew the rag, you must know;
Says she, "Will you marry?" Says I, "Faith, I will."
And it's buckled we were up on Signal Hill.
Will you come along with me b'ys,
Come along with me b'ys down Signal Hill.

And now we are married and children have three,
Sure meself and the missus could never agree;
We've one christened William, the other one Bill,
"B'Gar," says I, "Call the other one Signal Hill."
Will you come along with me b'ys,
Come along with me b'ys down Signal Hill.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional song found in the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland as early as 1902 ....####
This variant and the video above feature a recording by John White [1919-2000] (Come All Ye Home To Newfoundland, trk#A1, 1966, RCA Victor, specially commissioned by the Millers of Five Roses Flour for the celebration of Come Home Year).

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A very similar variant was collected in 1932 from Frank Faulkner by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia, p.101 (Dent, 1932; Dover, 1966). Helen Creighton noted that Frank Faulkner learned this song while sealing in 1902, and also that the name Back Bay may be changed to any hill in the place where the song is sung.

From Folksongs of the Maritimes compiled by Kaye Pottie and Vernon Ellis (Formac, Halifax, NS, 1992): When Helen Creighton first heard this song as Back Bay Hill it was said to have been composed by a man who lived at Prospect, Nova Scotia, where Back Bay Hill can be found. However, singers often change names, and Helen Creighton heard it sung as Little Moose Hill, Garrison Hill, and Macinnes' Hill. When folksong collector Marius Barbeau compiled a book for men and women in the services during the Second World War, he changed it to Citadel Hill. He thought that those who had served in Halifax, or sailed overseas from Halifax, would know that name well.

Another variant was recorded by Ed McCurdy [1919-2000] (A Ballad Singer's Choice, trk#2, 1956, Tradition Records, Empire Musicwerks, digitally remastered in 2006).

A variant was collected as Citadel Hill by Edith Fulton Fowke (Literary Editor) and Richard Johnston (Music Editor) and published in Folk Songs Of Canada, pp.164-165 (Waterloo Music Company, Waterloo, Ontario, 1954).

A variant was also published as Sig-i-nal Hill by Omar Blondahl (Newfoundlanders Sing, p.107, 1964), and Blondahl's own recording (Omar Blondahl Sings Of Newfoundland, trk#B6, 197?, Continental Records, Toronto, Ontario).


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