The Blackwater Side (Kenneth Peacock)

As I rovèd out on a fine Sunday morning
To view the fair streams as they gently did glide,
I saw a bright vision as the day was a-dawning,
Surrounded by hills on the Blackwater side.

I says, "My fond maiden you are long enough courtin',
We're both fit for marriage I solemnly vow;
And if you are inclined with wedlock we'll join,
Say aye, yes, or no, you must answer me now.

"I'll give you first offer, accept of it quickly,
I'm ready and willing to make you my bride;
You're the girl I admire, grant me your desire,
You're the lovely sweet maid on the Blackwater side."

"Kind sir, in this dress and sure in the rest,
I'm not fit for marriage, that can't be denied;
My clothing is bare, I have nothing to wear,
I grew very hard since my father he died.

"My friends went away unto Americay,
And with my old mother I mean to abide;
If you wait a year or two I will gang 'way with you,
And I'll leave all my friends on the Blackwater side."

"Fair maid if you do you will happen to rue,
I have one in my view that won't be denied;
If it's laboring in vain I'll never ask you again,
It won't be on coaxing," as he did reply.

Now this fair maid arose, to her mother she goes,
And told her this story so plain as you see,
Where they got her consent and to church both they went,
And joined hands together in sweet unity.

Where their wealth did increase and their troubles grew less,
In the sweet bonds of wedlock we both shall be tied,
And the truth I will tell so ye all may know well,
You will find me to dwell on the Blackwater side.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Black Water Side [Laws O1] American Balladry From British Broadsides, G Malcolm Laws (1957). .... ####
Collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from Matthew Brennan and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.503-504, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A similar variant was sung in 1951 by Francis (Frank) Knox [1918-?] of St Shott's, 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 also recorded as Blackwater Side by Pamela Morgan [b.1957] of Grand Falls, NL, on her debut solo album On A Wing And A Prayer ©1995 Pamela Morgan Publishing (a division of Amber Music Ltd, St John's, NL.)

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