The Brown Girl (Kenneth Peacock) MIDIs

See also: On The Banks Of The Bann (MacEdward Leach)

When first to this country I came as a stranger,
I placed my affection on a maiden was young;
She was young and tender and her waist small and slender,
Kind nature had framed her, she proved my overthrow.

By the bank of a river that's where I first met her,
She appeared like some goddess or some gracious queen;
Her eyes shone like diamonds, the stars they were shining,
You're the fairest in this wide world I ever have seen.

It was her old father that first caused disturbance,
Because I was poor and below her degree;
I will do my endeavours, my darling, to gain you,
Although you are born of a rich family.

My name it's Delaney, that's a name that won't shame me,
And if I'd saved I might stayed at home;
But drinking and sporting, night walking and courting,
Is the cause of my ruin and my absence from home.

"Cheer up, lovely Johnny, don't be melancholy,
If you'll prove loyal, sure I'll prove true;
There's no other superior that will ever gain my favour,
On the banks of the Bawn I will ramble with you."

Now I have gained her, I'm contented forever,
I'll put rings on her fingers and gold drops in her ears;
And with all kinds of pearls I will deck that brown girl,
With all kinds of grandeur I will store her, my dear.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Banks Of The Bann [Laws O2] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a British broadside ballad, Brown Girl, published by E M A Hodges (London) sometime between 1855 and 1861, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(2400) ....####
Collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from William Holloway [1883-?] of Kings Cove, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.355-356, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also sung by Mrs Mary Catherine Whalen, nee Maddox [1885-?] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published as On The Banks Of The Bann in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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