Killing The Deer And The Wild Buffalo (Leach)

See also: The Indian Lament (Kenneth Peacock)

I'll sing you a song, it may seem a sad one,
Of my trials and my troubles when first I begun;
I left my own country, my kingdom and home,
Far away o'er the meadows and valleys to roam.

I joined the (Aryans), I followed their trail,
They led us over valleys and mountain and dale,
Where often I traveled a-hunting the fur,
Killing the deer and the wild Buffalo.

We traveled three weeks till we came to a gap,
Where our knapsacks and blankets we spread on the grass;
Our mules and our horses were grazing along,
We took refreshments on the green grassy ground.

We stayed there all night and 'twas early next day,
When a band of mad Indians came down from their den;
Each man took his rifle with a flash in his eyes,
"Brave boys!" cried our captain, "We'll fight till we die.

Our brave little band, it was scarce twenty-two,
While that of mad Indians a hundred or more;
But by our bold dash they came near us no more,
Their arrows flew 'round us like hail and like snow.

We shot down their bold chief, the head of their gang,
He died like a warrior with his gun in his hand;
When they saw their bold chief lying dead in his gore,
They yelled and they shouted; we saw them no more.

We saddled our horses and followed their trail,
Six bloody battles we fought on the plain;
And in our last battle six of our men fell,
We laid them to rest in a dark shady dell.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 20th century ballad, The Sioux Indians, [Laws B11] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1964) ....####

This variant collected in 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A similar variant was collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Levi Everett Bennett [1899-?] of St Paul's, NL, and published as The Indian Lament in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 1, pp.155-156, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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