The Half Door (Omar Blondahl) video
See also: The Half Door (Labrador Black Spruce)
#1146: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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As I was walking down the road,
I spied a cozy neat abode,
A half door standing open wide,
a welcome to come in there.
God rest you kindly here, I said,
when a fair colleen popped out her head,
God bless you kindly, sir, she said,
come in and close the half door.

She removed the upper half of the door,
and set it down upon the floor,
I wondered what she did it for,
I couldn't understand her.
She then proceeded to dance a reel,
and upon the door the click of her heel,
Resounded clear from stern to keel,
she pleased a Newfoundlander.

I asked her, Maid, will you marry me?
I'd gladly, sir, but can't you see,
I'm much too young for the likes of thee,
come back when I am older.
'Twas when I was taking my leave of the dear,
she whispered softly in my ear,
I pray you'll come again in a year,
and this is what I told her:

Please then I'll be coming down the road,
to visit your cozy, neat abode,
With the half door standing open wide,
a welcome to come in there.
Farewell, my darling now, I said,
and the fair colleen withdrew her head,
God guide you kindly, sir, she said,
I'll wait within the half door.

####.... Author unknown. Arranged by Omar Bondahl ....####
According to Musical Traditions Internet Magazine's Voice of the People, volume 15, the BBC recorded Paddy McAuley (County Antrim) in 1943 and Nellie Walsh (County Wexford) in 1947.

Recorded by Omar Blondahl (Once Again For Newfoundland, trk#1, 1967, Melbourne AMLP 4007, Montreal, Quebec).

See more songs by Omar Blondahl.

A slow and a fast variant of this song were combined into one recording as The Half Door by Labrador Black Spruce.

From Princeton's WordNet: Half Door - exterior door divided in two horizontally; either half can be opened or closed independently; a Dutch door.


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