Molly Bawn (Maud Karpeles)

See also: Molly Bawn (Ryan's Fancy)

And also: Molly Bawn (MacEdward Leach)

Come all ye brave heroes who handle a gun,
Beware of night ramblin' by the setting of the sun;
And be aware of an accident that happened of late,
To young Molly Bawn and sad was her fate.

She was going to her uncle's
when a shower came on,
She went 'neath a green bush the shower to shun;
With her apron 'round her he took her for a swan,
It's a sob and a sigh it was Oh! Oh! Molly Bawn.

He quickly ran to her and saw that she was dead,
And it's many's a salt tear on her bosom he shed;
He went home to his father with his gun in his hand,
Crying father, dear father, I have shot Molly Bawn.

I have shot that young colleen, I have taken the life,
Of the one I intended to take for my wife;
Oh, Johnny, young Johnny, do not run away,
Don't you leave your own country till your trial day.

Don't you leave your own country
till your trial comes on,
For you'll never be convicted
for the loss of a swan;
The night before Molly's funeral
her ghost it did appear,
Saying, Mother, dear Mother,
young Johnny he's clear.

I was going to my uncle when a shower came on,
But tell him he's forgiven by his own Molly Bawn;
The girls in this country they are all very glad,
Since the pride of Glen Allen,
Molly Bawn, is now dead.

The girls in this country stand them all in a row,
Molly Bawn would shine above them
like a mountain of snow.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century broadside ballad, Molly Bawn (Shooting Of His Dear) [Laws O36] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Young Molly Bawn, published by J F Nugent & Co (Dublin) sometime between 1850 and 1899, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 19(11) ....####
This variant was published in 1970 by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] as #26, The Shooting Of His Dear in Folksongs From Newfoundland (Faber & Faber, London, 1971; Oxford, 1934).

This variant was also made popular through the singing of Norman Kennedy, Scots ballad singer and weaver born in Aberdeen, Scotland, who became popular in the 1960s and moved to America.


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