The H'Emmer Jane (Edith Fowke) score
See also: The H'Emmer Jane (Omar Blondahl)
sheet music

Now 'tis of a young maiden this story I'll tell,
And of her young lover and what them befell;
Now her lover was a captain who sailed the blue sea,
And this is the circumstances attending the departure of 'e.

Now the vessel he sailed on was called the H'Emmer Jane,
'Twas in honour of she that he gave her that name,
So that when he was sailin' all o'er the blue sea,
The vessel he sailed on might 'mind him of she.

With a boatload of shingles our captain sailed away,
Sailed away from his true love all on a summer's day,
And he ne'er more was heard of, nor his vessel so brave,
So 'twas figgered pretty gen'rally, that he'd found a wat'ry grave.

On a cold stormy morning, all down by the sea,
H'Emmer Jane sat awaiting, awaiting for he;
And on a cold stormy morning, her body were found,
So 'twas figgered pretty gen'rally, she'd gone crazy and got drowned.

They buried her up in the buryin' ground,
Put a headstone a-tellin' how she were found;
And over her head they set out a willer tree,
So the wind in the branches, might 'mind them of she.

Not very long after these here things occurred,
A stranger came to town where H'Emmer Jane was buried,
And he axed of the sexton, where H'Emmer Jane might be,
And he answered by pointin' to the old willer tree.

Next morning they found him, by the side of H'Emmer Jane,
They found his cold corpus, insensibly a layin';
And in his breast pocket was a handkerchief of hers,
So 'twas figgered pretty gen'rally, 'twas the captain returned.

They buried him down in a grave close by her,
And over his head they set out the wild bri-er;
Now the wind in the willer is in mem'ry of she,
And the wild bri-er twist round 'en in mem'ry of he.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a broadside ballad published in 1941 by Golden Hind Press (Madison, NJ) which notes that "Emmer Jane is a folk song from the south shore of Newfoundland here printed for the first time." ...####
Sung by Clyde Gilmour and published as #50 by Edith Fowke (editor) with Keith MacMillan (music consultant) on p.153 of The Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs, (1973). Gilmour heard the song in Newfoundland from a lumberman.

A variant was recorded in dialect as The H'Emmer Jane by Omar Blondahl

Also published on p.105 of Newfoundlanders, Sing!: A Collection Of Favorite Newfoundland Folk Songs compiled by Omar Blondahl and published for Robin Hood Flour Mills (E J Bonnell Associates, St John's, NL, 1964).

See more songs by Omar Blondahl.


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