Marry? No, Not I! (Oh, No, Not I)
(Margaret Christl)

See also: Oh No, Not I (Stan Rogers)

And also: Oh No, Not I (Kenneth Peacock)

A Newfoundland sailor
was walking by the strand,
He spied a pretty fair young maid
and took her by the hand;
"Oh, will you go to Newfoundland
along with me?" he cried,
But the answer that she gave him was,
"It's, oh no, not I."

"To think that I would marry you,
on me 'twould lay the blame,
Your friends and relations
would scorn me to shame;
If you were born of noble blood
and me of low degree,
Do you think that I would marry you?
It's, oh no, not me."

Then six months being over
and seven coming nigh,
This pretty fair young maid,
she began to look so shy;
Her corsets would not touch
and her apron wouldn't tie,
Made her think on all the times
she said, "Oh no, not I."

Then eight months being over
and nine months coming on,
This pretty fair young maiden
she brought forth a son;
She wrote a letter to her love,
to come most speedily,
But the answer that he gave her was,
"Oh no, not me."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century British broadside ballad, No, My Love, Not I, published by J Evans (London) between 1780 and 1812, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25 (1375) ....####
This variant was recorded by Margaret Christl on the album The Barley Grain For Me (Folk Legacy 62) which was originally released in the 1970's. The recording, with Ian Robb and Grit Laskin, was re-released on CD in 1997 when the title of the song was published as Oh, No, Not I.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Oh No, Not I by Stan Rogers (Turnaround, 1978, © Fogarty's Cove Music).

See more songs by Stan Rogers

A variant was collected in 1958 from Levi Everett Bennett [1899-?] of St Paul's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Oh No, Not I in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 1, pp.304-305, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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