Oh No, Not I (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: Oh No, Not I (Stan Rogers)

And also: Marry? No, Not I! (Margaret Christl)

A Newfoundland sailor
was walking the strand,
He met a pretty fair maid
and took her by the hand,
Saying, "Will you come to Newfoundland
along with me?" he cried.
And the answer that she made to him was,
"Oh no, not I."

"To think that I would marry you
and me to lay the blame,
Your friends and relations
would scorn me to shame,
If you were born of noble blood
and me of low degree,
Do you think that I would marry you? -
'tis oh no, not me."

After six months being over
and eight drawing nigh,
This pretty little young thing
begin to look shy,
Her corsets would not touch,
or her apron strings tie,
Made her think all on the time that she said,
"Oh no, not I."

After eight months being over
and nine come and gone,
This pretty little young thing
she brought forth a son,
She wrote a letter to her love
to come speedily,
But the answer that he made to her was,
"Oh no, not me."

He said, "My pretty fair maid,
the best thing you can do,
Is take your babe all on your back
and begging you may go,
And when you get tired
you may sit down and cry,
And think all on the time that you said,
'Oh no, not I'."

Come all you pretty fair maids
a warning take by me,
Don't never put your trust
in a green willow tree,
For the leaves they will wither
and the roots they will die,
Don't you see what I am come to by saying,
'Oh no, not I'?

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century British broadside ballad, No, My Love, Not I, published by J Evans (London) sometime between 1780 and 1812, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25 (1375) ....####
This variant was 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 1, pp.304-305, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Oh No, Not I by Stan Rogers (Turnaround, 1978, © Fogarty's Cove Music).

See more songs by Stan Rogers.

A variant was also recorded as Marry? No, Not I! by Margaret Christl on the album The Barley Grain For Me (Folk Legacy 62) which was originally released in the 1970's. The recording, with Ian Robb and Grit Laskin, was re-released on CD in 1997 when the title of the song was published as Oh, No, Not I


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