Canadee-I-O (MacEdward Leach) video
#765: YouTube video by threelegsoman
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It's of a gallant lady just in the prime of youth,
She dearly loved a sailor, in fact, she loved to wed;
And how to get to sea with him, the way she did not know,
All for to see this pretty place called Canadee-I-O.

She bargained with a sailor all for a purse of gold,
And straightway he had taken her right down into the hold;
"I'll dress you up in sailor suit, your colors shall be blue,
And you soon will see that pretty place called Canadee-I-O."

When our mate had heard this he fell into a rage,
Likewise our ship's company was willing to engage;
"I'll tie your hands and feet, my love, and overboard you'll go
And you'll never see the pretty place called Canadee-I-O."

And when the captain heard this, "This thing shall never be,
For if you drown that fair maid, hanged sure you'll be;
I'll take her to my cabin, her colors shall be blue,
And she soon will see that pretty place called Canadee-I-O."

They had not arrived in Canada more than the space of half a year,
Before the Captain married her and called her his very dear;
She can dress in silk or satin, she caught a gallant show,
She was one of the fairest ladies in Canadee-I-O.

Come all ye, young ladies, whoever you may be,
To be sure and follow your true love, if ever he goes to sea;
And if your mate he do prove false, you're captain he'll prove true,
And you'll see the honor I have gained by wearing of the blue.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Kennady I-O published by J Catnach (London) sometime between 1813 and 1838, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(1982) ....####
Collected by MacEdward Leach and published as #90 in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by The National Museum of Canada (Ottawa, 1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


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