MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Kate O'Branch
Mike Kent NFLD 1 Tape 10A Track 8
Cape Broyle Audio:
Newfoundland Ballad / shipwreck, war

Leach: (speaks) Alright

Ye feeling hearted Christians hold on and condole with me,
Till these few feeling verses I'm going to tell to you,
Concerning of the Kate O' Branch that lately was run down,
All by an English man'o'war bound down to St. John's town.

The fourteenth day of July as you may understand,
This boat lay at an anchor about eight miles from the land,
And as they lay in their virgin beds and making their silent sleep,
Twas little they though before the light they'll be slumbered in the deep.

It being a short time after the news reached Salmonier,
Among the friends and parents and loving sisters dear,
To hear his darling mother as she sat in a room,
She cried and said, "My darling son your cut down in your ballroom."

It' being a short time that these poor boys were drowned,
Mick coming from Broad Cove young William Daley found,
He brought him St. Mary's rolled up in a sail,
If your heart was of marble it's for him you would feel.

Here's adieu to the St. Mary's men they are real true blue,
They gave him a shroud and a coffin what more could they do,
A boat and a crew to bring him home all on the very next day,
And had him wait there with his friends and buried in the clay.

Twas early the next morning his boat reached Salmonier ,
With colors flying half mast the morning it being clear,
The people all assembled to welcome this poor boy,
And hear his tender mother how bitterly did cry.

We took him to his father's house and waked him there that night
I hope that ye will pray for him, morning noon and night
All up ye good Christians it is for him you'll pray,
And in the hands of our blessed Lord that died on Calvary.


Sources: Lehr 112.

History: A Newfoundland song with references to places on the island such as Salmonier, St. John's, and Broad Cove.

Text notes: Recounts the sinking of a ship, the Kate O'Branch, by an English man o' war, and the death of its crew, and particularly the death of a young boy who is taken home for burial.

Tune notes: The phrase repetition in each strophe is aa'ba.

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