MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jacket of Blue
Raymond Noseworthy NFLD 1 Tape 13 Track 3
Pouch Cove Audio:
Ballad / woman searches for lover

A ships crew of sailors as you may understand
From New York to Liverpool with a cargo to land
There is one lad that's amongst them I wish I never knew
He's my jolly young sailor in his jacket of blue

The first time I saw my love he had a spyglass in hand
I tried for to speak to him but he would not stand
I tried for to speak to him but from me he drew
And my heart it goes with him in his jacket of blue

When I will reach Liverpool I will […]
I will have my love's photograph I will have it enclosed
I will hang it on my hammock close love to my view
I will never forsake my Scotch lassie so true




Text notes: The song recounts a woman's love for a sailor.

Tune notes: A slow triple metre tune in abba form. The scale is major, although some inflections are modal.

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