Lonely Waterloo (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: Waterloo (MacEdward Leach)

A lady fair was walking
down by a riverside,
The crystal tears fell from her cheeks
as I did pass her by;
I saw her heaving bosom
as up to me she drew,
"My friend, I hear my Willie dear
is slain at Waterloo,"

"What sort of clothes did your Willie wear?"
the soldier made reply.
"He wore a highland bonnet
with a feather standing high;
A glittering sword hung by his side
over his dark suit of blue,
Those were the clothes my Willie wore
on lonely Waterloo."

"If that's the clothes your Willie wore
I saw his dying day,
Five bayonets pierced his tender heart
before he down did lay;
He took me by the hand and said
some Frenchman did him slew,
It was I who closed your Willie's eyes
on lonely Waterloo."

"Oh, Willie, dearest Willie!"
and she could say no more,
She fell into the soldier's arms
those dreadful tidings bore;
"May the jaws of heaven open
and swallow me down through,
Since my Willie lies a mouldering corpse
on lonely Waterloo.

"If I had some eagle's wings
I would surmount on high,
I would fly to lonely Waterloo
where my true love do lie;
I would light upon his bosom
my love for to renew,
I would kiss my darling's pale cold lips
on lonely Waterloo."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Waterloo II [Laws N31] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1952 from Mrs John (Amelia) Fogarty [1882-?] of Joe Batt's Arm, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports , Volume 3, pp.1007-1008, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved, and recorded on the album Songs And Ballads of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956) Cut #B.04.

A variant was also sung by Mrs Mary Dunphy [1907-1984] of Tors Cove, NL, and published as Waterloo in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

MacEdward Leach also collected a variant published as #127, Lonely Waterloo, in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by the National Museum of Canada (Ottawa, 1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was collected in 1978 by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best from Phillip Pius Power, Sr [1912-1993] of South East Bight, NL, and published as #67, Lonely Waterloo in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.117-118, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that Mr Power described this as a heave-up shanty that he learned from Doug Haynes of Prowston, NL.


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