South Carolina State (MacEdward Leach)

Come all you young and youthful friends
I hope you'll lend an ear,
And listen unto these few lines
that draw from me a tear;
I'm heavy bound in irons strong
to await my coming fate,
Far from my home, I'm here alone
in the South Carolina State.

When I was young and foolish
I left my happy home,
To seek for sport and pleasure
so far away did roam;
I volunteered for the Northern Wars
to fight for gold so bright,
They used me so severely
that I left them in the night.

Soon I was overtaken
and forced before to stand,
They bound my feet in irons strong,
they handcuffed my two hands;
They locked me in a dreadful cell
to await my coming doom,
They sentenced me to hang
upon the twenty-first of June.

Here's adieu unto my father
when he will realize,
Likewise unto my mother,
where will she comfort find?
Likewise unto my comrades,
all for me will heave a sigh,
When I thinks upon my happy home,
seems hard for me to die.

Here's adieu unto my brother
whose face I never will see,
Likewise unto my sister,
she was so fond of me;
At nine o'clock I'm doomed to die
all by my comrades' hands,
Far from my home I'm here alone
into some foreign land.

There is one thing more I will ask of you
if you carry my body home,
And bury it with my sister
beneath the marble stone;
And plant upon my youthful brow
a weeping willow tree,
For there's many a young and a youthful friend,
may they all shed tears for me.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional ballad ....####

Sung in 1950 by Alexander March [1865-1953] of Port au Port, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best in 1976 from Edward Ward [1916-?] of South East Bight, NL, and published as #100 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, p.174, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press, 1985/2003)

Genevieve Lehr noted that according to Edward Ward this song is about a Newfoundlander who went to fight in the war for American Independence.

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