A Gay Spanish Maid (Whitehorse) video
See also: The Spanish Maid (The Cormiers)
#20: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

'Twas a gay Spanish maid, at the age of sixteen,
Through the valley she roamed far and wide;
Beneath a beech tree she sat down for a rest,
With her gay, gallant youth by her side.

"My ship sails tomorrow, my darling," he cried,
"And together we ramble no more;
So to-night when your parents retire to rest
Will you meet me tonight, love, on shore!"

That night when her parents retired to rest,
Lovely Annie stepped out the hall door;
With her hat in her hand she ran down to the sand,
And she sat on a rock by the shore.

The moon had just risen from over the deep,
Where the sea and the sky seemed to meet;
Naught came from the deep but a murm'ring wave,
And it broke on the sand at her feet.

With her hat in her hand straight home she did go,
And her father he met her half way;
He took her in his arms, and he gave her a kiss,
Saying, "He's left you and gone far away."

That night it arose to a terrible storm,
And the good ship went down in the storm;
He swam to a plank that escaped from the wreck,
While the rest met a watery grave.

He returned to his love he had left on the shore.
How she thought of her boy in the storm!
She died like a rose that is called by the frost,
And she left him in sorrow to mourn.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad [Laws K16] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
This variant was sung by Francis (Ernest) Poole [1881-?] of Cape Ray, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Another variant was collected by MacEdward Leach [1897-1967] and published as #17, Gay Spanish Maid, in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast (National Museum of Canada, Ottawa,1965).

A variant was also collected from Mrs Grantmyre in Halifax by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and published in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia (Dent, 1932; Dover, 1966).

The video above features a variant arranged and recorded by Whitehorse with John R Murphy from Logy Bay, Perry Langmead from Pouch Cove, Percy H Cutler and Joe Critchell from Ramea, NL (The Ship That Never Returned, trk#5, 1987, Independent, recorded at Echo Studios, St John's, NL).


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