Young Sally Monro (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: Sally Monroe (Jim Payne)

And also: Sally Monroe (MacEdward Leach)

My name is Pat O'Brien,
I'm a blacksmith by trade,
'Twas down in New Orleans
where I was born and reared,
'Twas down in New Orleans
down by a shady grove,
Where I happened to get acquainted
with young Sally Monro.

I wrote Sally a letter
and some loving words I penned,
I wrote Sally a letter
and I mailed it by a friend,
But instead of being a friend to me
to me he proved a foe,
He never gave my letter
to young Sally Monro.

But he told Sally's mother
for to beware of me,
That I already had a girl
in my own country.
"I'm glad," said Sally's mother,
"I'm glad you told me so,
He never will enjoy
my young Sally Monro."

Six weary weeks had passed and gone
and no news did I hear,
Concerning of my darling
of whom I did love dear,
Till on one Sunday evening
down by a shady grove,
Who happened to pass by me
but young Sally Monro.

I said, "My dearest Sally,
if you'll come along with me,
I'll take you down to New Orleans,
it's married we will be."
"If you have no objections
along with you I'll go,
Providing you will prove loyal
to young Sally Monro."

That day being on a Monday
and Tuesday thick with fog,
When soon our gallant ship
she struck a rock,
Two hundred handsome passengers
to the bottom down did go,
And one of the odd number
I lost Sally Monro.

It was from Sally's mother
I stole Sally away,
I never forget it
until my dying day,
'Twas never for to injure her
that ever I done so,
I'll mourn till the day I die
for young Sally Monro.

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

Kenneth Peacock noted that there seems to be some confusion in the hero's history, in that he was "born and reared" in New Orleans yet has a girl in his "own country." Either he or Sally should live somewhere else (preferably Ireland) to avoid confusion. Peacock noted that he could not recall seeing the ballad before, but thought it safe to assume that it is an Irish immigrant ballad of American origin.

GEST notes: The Scottish broadside ballad, Sally Munro, clears up the confusion with the hero being from Ayr, Scotland and Sally being from Belfast, Ireland. After they marry and depart for Quebec, Canada, their ship wrecks off the coast of Wales.

A variant was performed live in 1981 as Sally Monroe by Jim Payne [born c.1955] for the Fifth Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival at the St John's Curling Club.

See more songs by Jim Payne.

Another variant was sung in 1950 by James Maher [1885-1969] of Flatrock, NL, and published as Sally Monroe in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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