Lovely Jimmie (MacEdward Leach)

See also: Green Grow The Laurels (Kenneth Peacock)

On Saturday evening
at the concerting hall,
I met lovely Jimmie
both handsome and tall;
He said, "Come along with me
a piece down the road,
For to view my father's dwelling
and the state of his home."

"There's a tree in my father's garden,
lovely Jimmy," says she,
"Where the young men and maidens
they are waiting on me;
While my parents are a-sleeping,
laying there silently,
Meet me there, my lovely Jimmy,
you're the lad I love thee."

Her old father,
being in ambush as they started,
Sayin', "l'll go along with you
wherever you'll go."
Her father went along, sir,
and his father, too,
It is with a short weapon
he pierced her love through.

"Father, dear father,
if this be your will,
And the innocent blood
of my love you spill,
I will sit down beside him
on the grating where he lies,
May the heavens shine around him,
he's my own darling b'y.

"Come dig my love a grave,
dig it long, wide and deep,
And now throw it over
with the lillies so sweet;
Then l'll lie a-weeping
by a strange counteree,
Where I will know no one,
nor no one know me."

Green grow the rushes
and the tops of them small,
Sure love is a thing
that goes over us all;
I allow she lies a-weeping
with a stone on her breast,
And the grave is the next place
her hope she finds.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Lovely Willie [Laws M35], American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Collected in 1951 from George J Carew [1918-1998] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

MacEdward Leach also collected a variant published as #19, Lovely Jimmie, on p.172 of Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by the National Museum of Canada (Ottawa, 1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved

A variant was also collected by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and published as Lovely Jimmie in Maritime Folk Songs, pp.86-87 (Ryerson, Toronto, 1962/1972).

A variant was collected in 1959 from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Green Grow the Laurels in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.456-457, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

And a variant was collected by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] and published as #66, The Father In Ambush, in Folk Songs From Newfoundland (Faber & Faber, London, 1971; also Oxford, 1934).


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