Canada (MacEdward Leach)

Oh, my dear, I'm all for Canada now,
sadly we must part,
To leave my aged parents,
all with a broken heart;
To face cold-hearted strangers,
there in that foreign land,
And the tears rolled down her rosy cheeks,
as she took him by the hand.

Stay at home, dear Willie,
you will find employment here,
How can you leave your blue-eyed girl,
likewise your parents dear?
For then your mother's heart would break,
if you will go away,
And think on your dear old father,
his locks are turning grey.

I will think on them, said Willie,
and that you need not fear,
Think on my aged parents
likewise, you, Sally dear;
For I'm just now in St John's town,
no employment can I find,
Now I must away, I cannot stay,
I've just made up my mind.

If you do go, said Sally,
remember, Will, each day,
Your welfare and prosperity
I every day will pray;
Think upon the pleasant hours
we rambled side by side,
And the many promises you made
that you would make me your bride.

Oh, the promises I made, my lover,
to them I mean to stand,
For my intention is to
come again to Newfoundland;
I don't intend for to remain
long on the Canada shore,
For I cannot stay two years away
from the girl I do adore.

With streaming eyes and heavy sighs,
she kissed her own true love,
She looked as pure as an angel,
as simple as a dove;
Her dark blue eyes and her ruby cheeks
and her heart was full of fear,
She's a lovely one, a handsome girl,
and her age is scarce nineteen year.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####

Sung by Jacob Noseworthy [1900-1985] of Pouch Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Note: The reference to Canada as a foreign land in the first stanza would date this song sometime before Confederation in 1949.


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