Jimmy And Nancy (Kenneth Peacock)
(The Departure)

As the sailor and his true love
Was walking out one day
To view the fields and valleys
And the meadows fine and gay;
'Twas in the spring when the birds did sing
And the larks ascended high,
It was more sweet and charming
For to hear the melody.

As the sailor and his true love walked out
Sweet pleasures for to take,
Said the sailor unto his true love,
"It is all for your sweet sake;
I am bound to cross the ocean
Where the foaming billows roar,
I'll think on lovely Nancy,
She's the girl whom I adore."

"My dadda and my mama
Chastises me full sore
For keeping of your company,
But still I'll keep it more;
Of all the chastising they give me,
It will never turn my heart,
My dear, I will go and meet you,
Let the night be ever dark."

He said, "My charming Nancy,
What makes you for to mourn?
This runs in your sweet fancy
That I never will return;
If I am bound for seven long years
So true to you I'll be,
I will never prove false to the girl I love
Whilst I sail on the sea."

He said, "My charming Nancy,
'Tis now I must away,
Our fore-topsails are loosened, love,
Our anchors they are aweigh."
Ten thousand kisses she gave him
And down the tears they fell,
"May the heavens above protect you, me love,
Oh, Jimmy, I wish you well."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad ....####

Collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Levi Everett Bennett [1899-?] of St Paul's, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.528-529, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that the Bennetts of St Paul's sing several songs which they call Jimmy And Nancy. The 45-verse one in volume one is called 'The Long' Jimmy And Nancy, and the two shorter lyrical ones The Departure and The Return. In verse 4 of The Departure notice the 'seven long years' Nancy must wait for Jimmy's return. For background notes on the possible origin of all these related ballads, see Seven Years I Loved A Sailor.


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