Star Of Logy Bay (Mark Walker)
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#493 YouTube video
by quickaccent2006 ℗2009
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Ye ladies and ye gentlemen,
I pray you lend an ear,
While I locate the residence
of a lovely charmer fair;
The curling of her yellow locks
first stole my heart away,
And her place of habitation
is down in Logy Bay.

It was on a summer's evening
this little place I found,
I met her agèd father,
who did me sore confound;
Saying, "If you address my daughter,
I'll send her far away,
And she never will return again
while you're in Logy Bay."

How could you be so cruel
as to part me from my love?
Her tender heart beats in her breast
as constant as a dove;
Oh, Venus was no fairer,
nor the lovely month of May,
May heaven above shower down its love
on the star of Logy Bay.

'Twas on the very next,
he went down to St John's town,
And engaged for her a passage
in a vessel outward bound;
He robbed me of my heart's delight
and sent her far away,
And he left me here downhearted
for the star of Logy Bay.

Oh, now I'll go a-roaming,
I can no longer stay,
I'll search the wide world over
in every country;
I'll search in vain thro' France
and Spain, likewise America,
Till I will sight my heart's delight,
the star of Logy Bay.

Now to conclude and finish,
the truth to you I'll tell,
Between Torbay and Outer Cove,
'tis where my love did dwell;
The finest girl e'er graced our Isle,
so every one did say,
May heaven above send down its love
on the star of Logy Bay.

####.... Author unknown, but possibly Mark Walker [1846-1924] of Tickle Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL. First published in 1902 by James Murphy [1867-1931] of St John's, NL ....####

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Variants were collected from William O'Driscoll [1893-1979] of Tors Cove, and May Whalen [1915-1997] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada, ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Also published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (2nd Ed, p.25, 1940; 3rd Ed, pp.59-60, 1955).

Also published on pages 18 & 20 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book from which the above lyrics were obtained.

The video above features a recording of a variant by Ryan's Fancy (Looking Back, ℗1972, Audat Records; Brand New Songs ℗1977, RCA Records; Sea People ℗1979, Boot Records)

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A variant was also recorded by "His Nibs" Harry Hibbs, which Marcel Alexander used as the basis to sequence MIDI file #4 above (Salute To Harry Hibbs, 1972 LP, trk#2, Paragon Records, Toronto, ON, distributed in Canada by Marathon Music Incorporated, Scarborough, ON); and (Folk Songs Of Newfoundland, 1974 LP, trk#13, Radio Canada International, Montreal, QC); and (Between Two Trees, 1976 LP, trk#6, Hibbs Records, Toronto, ON); and (Pure Gold, 1980 LP, trk#10, Tapestry Records And Tapes, Toronto, ON).

#1895: YouTube video
by quickaccent2006 ℗2011
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The video below features a recording of a variant by Richard Woodrow of New Harbour, NL, on his 2007 CD (Island Favourites, trk#14, recorded and mixed by Kevin Collins at Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL, and published and distributed by Richard Woodrow).

#1616: YouTube video
by TheNewfoundlandMusic ℗2016
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The video below features a recording of a variant by Eddie Coffey (Souvenir of Newfoundland, 1996 CD, Scarborough, ON: Heritage Music HCD 4422.

#375 YouTube video
by NLTreasure ℗2008
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