MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Marian Parker
Performed by Helen Dunphy Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 1 Track 7
Community: Tors Cove Audio:
Genre: Ballad / child murder Laws F55 Musical notation available


Way out in California a family bright and gay
Were planning for a Christmas not so very far away
We had a little daughter, a sweet and pretty child
And all the folks that knew her loved Marian Parker's smile

She left her home one morning for school not far away
And no one dreamed that danger would come to her that day
And then a murd'rous villain and filled with hardened stone
Took little Marian Parker away from friends and home

And then they caught the coward - young Edmond was the man
They brought him back to justice, his final trial to stand
There is a grave commandment; it says, "Thou shalt not kill"
And those who would not heed it, their cup of sorrow fill

This song shall be a warning to parents far and near
You cannot guard too closely the one we love so dear


Sources:Laws F33; Roud 781.

History: May have been written by Bill Barrett, but a 1928 recording by Al Craver (pseudo. for Vernon Dalhart) is copyrighted (

Text notes: Narrates the tragic murder of a child in California .

Tune notes: An abab form in 6/8 metre.

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