A Sailor Courted A Farmer's Daughter (Leach) video
See also: The Farmer's Daughter (MacEdward Leach)
#2534: YouTube video by MrJohnpiano
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A sailor courted a farmer's daughter
Who lived convenient to the Isle of Man;
Pay heed good people what followed after
They long had courted but underhand.

One day when parting after discoursing
Of things concerning the ocean wide,
He said, "My dear on our next meeting
If you'd give consent I'd make you my bride."

Said she, "For sailors we don't admire them
Because they sail to so many a port,
And the more we love them the more they slight us
And leave us after with broken hearts."

Then he said, "My dearest dear,
I don't intend for to treat you so;
I have once more to cross the ocean,
You know, my darling, that I must go."

The news was carried unto his mother
Before he put his foot on board,
That he was courted by a farmer's daughter
One penny portion could not afford.

One penny portion going to the ocean
Like one distracted his mother ran,
Saying, "If you don't forsake her
And your bride not make her,
I will disown you to be my son."

"Now, mother dear, you're in a passion,
I am sorry you spoke too late;
Don't you remember your first proceedings?
My father married you for a servant maid.

"So don't dispraise her for I mean to raise her,
Just as my father with you have done;
So it's home I take her and my bride I'll make her,
Let my scolding mother say what she will."

####.... Variant of The Constant Lovers [Laws O41] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.246 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
Sung in 1950 by John Thomas Power [1879-1955] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video above features a recording by Figgy Duff (After The Tempest, trk#5, 1997 CD, Amber Music, Topsail, NL).

A variant was collected in 1980 from Philip Foley of Tilting, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #95, A Sailor Courted in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.164-165, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

See more songs by Lehr and Best

A variant was recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Times To Remember, ©1973, Audat Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.


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