MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jack and Joe
Performed by Mrs. J. O'Driscoll Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 1 Track 5
Community: Tors Cove Audio:
Genre: Ballad / love stolen  


… ago both Jack and Joe
Set sail across the foam
Each vowed a fortune they would make
Before returning home

In one short year Jack gained his wealth
And he set sail away
And when the boys shook hands to part
Poor Joe could only say

CHORUS: Give my love to Nellie, Jack
And kiss her once for me
The dearest girl in all the world
I know you'll say 'tis she
Now treat her kindly Jack I pray
And tell her that I'm well
And when you meet now don't forget
To give my love to Nell

(last three verses repeated)

'Twas on the street they chanced to meet
Says Joe, "You selfish elf!
The next time that I love a girl
I'll kiss her for myself

Now all is fair in love and war
And since you're truly wed
I won't be angry with you Jack,"
And once again he said

CHORUS: Give my love to Nellie … etc.


Sources: Mercer 342, Ryan 10. Randolph IV: 813; recorded by Riley Puckett (Columbia 15139D), the Blue Ridge Mountain Singers, and others (see Califorina State Univeristy, Fresno's "Traditional Ballad Index" at; also sometimes called "Give My Love to Nell." Roud 782.

History: Author is William B. Gray who published the text in 1894.

Text notes: Jack and Joe set off to seek their fortune. Jack succeeds first and, as he is about head home, Joe asks him to "give my love to Nell." Jack returns home to marry his friend's girl.

Tune notes: The tune is almost identical to that of "Auld Lang Syne." It is pentatonic, in 4/4 metre, with the phrase pattern abcbb.

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