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Snow White Dove (Ben Weatherby) video
#722: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
℗2009 ~ Used with permission ~

They were very very happy,
their marriage was a gem,
But death was soon to take
his pretty wife away from him;
With her dying breath, she whispered,
we have everlasting love,
And I'll come back to be with you
as a little snow white dove.

Time went by and nothing happened,
the dove did not appear,
The young man fell in love again
and married in a year;
But the day he brought his new bride home
the neighbors were to see,
A snow white dove come fluttering
down upon the snowball tree.

There she sobbed and moaned
heartbroken in an almost human way,
No matter what the weather,
she would perch there every day;
When the neighbors and the servants,
yes the story they had learned,
That in the guise of this white dove
the young wife had returned.

The new bride heard the story
and her nerves began to fail,
The young man tried to help her,
but it was to no avail;
To save his second marriage
he knew something must be done,
So at dawning the next morning
he went out with his gun.

He raised the gun and fired
through the leaves so deep and green,
The snow white breast turned scarlet
and he heard a woman scream;
The dove flew high into the air
and disappeared from sight,
But as he lay there in slumber
the young man died that night.

'Neath the snowball tree
they buried him to lie in last repose,
The young wife and the servants
left for where nobody knows;
Now the big house stands there empty
and the garden lies in ruins,
But above the young man's grave each year
the snowball tree still blooms.

They say that no one comes
to see that lonely unkempt green,
But every year at a certain time
a visitor is seen;
And if you spoke to the neighbors
then they'll tell you what they see,
A snow white dove with a scarlet breast
perched on the snowball tree.

There she sobs and moans heartbroken
in an almost human way,
No matter what the weather
she will perch there every day;
And she seems forlorn and lonely
for a love that couldn't last,
And you hear her cry in anguish
for a sad and tragic past.
Yes, the story of the snow white dove
has been told to you at last.

####.... Patrick James (Pat) Maher [1933-2004] of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Ben Weatherly (Here's To The Women Of Newfoundland, 1973 LP, trk#7, Marathon Music, Inc, Toronto, ON); and (Snow White Dove, 1990 CD, trk#1, Heritage Music, Scarborough, ON).

See more Ben Weatherby songs.

A variant was also arranged and recorded by Lloyd Snow (Sing Me An Old Country Song, 2005 CD, trk#1, Independent, Blaketown, NL).

See more Lloyd Snow songs.

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