Spancil Hill (Robbie Martin) MIDI, videos
See also: The Cross On Spancil Hill (Ryan's Fancy)
#267: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

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Last night as I lay dreaming
of pleasant days gone by,
Me mind being bent on rambling,
to Ireland I did fly;
I stepped on board of a vision
and followed with a will,
And at last I came to anchor
at the cross of Spancil Hill.

Delighted by the novelty,
enchanted by the scene,
Wherein my early boyhood
often I had been;
I thought I heard a murmer
and I think I hear it still,
It's the little stream of water
that flows down Spancil Hill.

To amuse my passing fancy,
I thought I heard the bell
Sound over hill and valley,
each note did seem to tell:
That Father Dan was coming,
his duty to fulfill,
At the parish church of Cluny,
many miles from Spancil Hill.

It was on the twenty-fourth of June,
the day before the fair,
When Ireland's sons and daughters
and all assembled there:
The young, the old, the brave,
the bold in their duties to fulfill,
At the little church of Cluny,
a mile from Spancil Hill.

I went to see my neighbours
to see what they might say,
The old ones they were dead and gone,
and the young ones turning grey;
I met the tailor Quigley,
he was bold as ever still,
Sure he used to make my britches
when I lived on Spancil Hill.

I paid a flying visit to
my first and only love,
She's as fair as any swallow,
gentle as a dove;
She threw her arms around me saying,
"Johnny, I love you still."
Oh, she's Mac the ranger's daughter
and the pride of Spancil Hill.

Well, I dreamt I bent and kissed
her as oft in days of yore,
Saying, "Johnny you're only joking,
as many's a time before."
The cock he crew the morning,
oh, he crew both proud and shrill,
I awoke in Californiya,
many miles from Spancil Hill.

####.... Michael Considine [1850-1873] Irish-born songwriter ....####
This variant recorded by Robbie Martin of Southeast Placentia, a member of the band Polly's Pride (Picture In A Frame, trk#10, 2008, Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL, produced and arranged by Kevin Collins).

A variant was also recorded as The Cross On Spancil Hill by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs, trk#11, 1982, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

The video below features an excellent solo guitar performance by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

#1584: YouTube video by BardOfCornwall
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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