MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Dark-Eyed Sailor
M. Curran NFLD 1 Tape 12A Track 4
Audio: Yes
Genre Laws N35

It was a charming young maiden fair
Went out one evening to take the air
She met a sailor down by the way
And I paid attention
And I paid attention, to what they had to say

Said William, "Lady why walk alone
For day fast ends, and night's coming on?"
She answered him, while the tears did fall
"It's a dark-eyed sailor
It's a dark-eyed sailor that's proving my downfall

"It is seven long year.

[Song cut off; end of tape]


Sources: Mercer 112, Greenleaf 81, Karpeles 184, Peacock 513.


Text: Fragment of a ballad.


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