MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Maid of the Mountain Brow
Ned Martin NFLD 1 Tape 10A Track 1
Cape Broyle Audio:
Ballad / love refused

Come all young lads and lassies come listen to my song,
I hope you'll pay attention I won't detain you long,
It's all about a young couple I'm going to tell you now,
Who lately began a'courting at the foot of the mountain brow.

"Oh Polly lovely Polly won't you come along with me,
Oh come and we'll get married just as quick as we can be,
Oh Polly lovely Polly come along with me now,
I will live a-late and early at the foot of the mountain brow."

Oh, Jimmy dearest Jimmy how can .

(speaks) Oh, I'm out of it now

Being young and silly she didn't know what to say,
Her eyes did shine like diamonds and merrily she did say,
"Oh, No thank you kind sir she said I can't come along with you now,
I will tarry another season at the foot of the mountain brow."

"Oh, Polly lovely polly how can you serve me do,
Look down in yonder valleys where my crops do gently grow,
Look down in yonder valley you'll see horses men and plough,
They are labouring late and early for the maid of the mountain brow."

"If they labour late and early kind sir it is not for me,
The character that I hear of you is none the best I see,
There is an inn where you call in so I've heard people say,
Where you lap and call pay for all go home at the break of day."

"If I lap and call and pay for all my money it is my own,
I'll spend none of your fortune for they tell me you have none.
You thought you had my poor heart won but I'm going to tell you now,
I will leave you as I found you at the foot of the mountain brow."

"Oh, Jimmy dearest Jimmy how can you serve me so,
This girl you loved so dearly her love you overthrow
The girl who loved you dearly you are going to leave her now,
You are leaving her broken hearted at the foot of the mountain brow.''


Sources: Laws P7; Mercer 153 and 94; Greenleaf 153; Leach 128; Fowke 1965: 90; Henry 84 and 688; Roud 562.


Text notes: A young woman refuses to marry Jimmy because he spends too much time and money in the inn.

Tune notes: A classic arch-shaped abba form, this melody has a distinctive "b" phrase in that it ends with a descending leap of a 6 th to end on the 6 th degree of the scale. In 6/8 metre, the tune is mixolydian/major (lacking the seventh degree).

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