Sally Monroe (MacEdward Leach)

See also: Sally Monroe (Jim Payne)

And also: Young Sally Monro (Kenneth Peacock)

Come all ye good people, I hope ye'll attend,
To those simple verses that I have lately penned;
It is concerning dangers that I did undergo,
For that lovely young fair one young Sally Monroe.

Now my name is Johnny Aiken, I'm a blacksmith by trade,
'Twas in the town of Nero where I was born and reared;
From that town to Belfast a-walking I did go,
Where I became acquainted with young Sally Monroe.

I told this fair one a letter I would send,
I'd send it by a messenger I thought he was a friend;
Instead of being a friend of mine to me he proved a foe,
And he never gave that letter to young Sally Monroe.

He told her old mother for to beware of me,
That I had a wife in my own country;
And said her old mother since, "I have found him so,
He never will enjoy my young Sally Monroe."

For six months or better no news did I hear,
From that pretty fair one whom I loved so dear;
Till one Sunday evening a-walking I did go,
And who should I meet but young Sally Monroe.

I said, "My pretty fair one if you'll come long with me,
Unknown to friends and parents that married we will be."
"I have no objection along with you I'll go,
Providing you'd prove loyal to young Sally Monroe."

Oh, 'twas down to split pines the good ship did lie,
Four hundred and seventy souls all ready for to go;
We both paid our passage and on board we did go,
And 'twas there I embarked with young Sally Monroe.

'Twas on Sunday morning about six o'clock,
When all of a sudden our ship she struck a rock;
Four hundred and seventy souls were all down below,
And down among that number went young Sally Monroe.

Oh, 'twas true from her parents I stole her away,
And this will shock my feelings till my dying day;
It wasn't for to injure her that ever I done so,
All my lifetime I'll mourn for young Sally Monroe.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Sally Monroe [Laws K11] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.445 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a Scottish broadside ballad, Sally Munro probably published between 1830 and 1850 and archived at the National Library of Scotland, shelfmark: L.C.178.A.2(211) ....####
Sung in 1950 by James Maher [1885-1969] of Flatrock, 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 performed live in 1981 as Sally Monroe by Jim Payne for the Fifth Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival at the St John's Curling Club.

See more songs by Jim Payne.

Another variant was collected in 1961 by Kenneth Peacock from Patrick J Rossiter [1900-1980] of Fermeuse, NL, and published as Young Sally Monro in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.488-489, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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