MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jealous Lover
Eddy Primroy NFLD 1 Tape 14A Track 2
Pouch Cove Audio:
Ballad / seduction-murder Laws F1

[Mr. Primroy accompanies himself on guitar]

Way down in low green valleys where the roses bloom and fade
There lived a jealous lover in love with a beautiful maid
One night the moon shone brightly the stars were shining too
Up to this fair maiden's cottage the jealous lover drew

"Come love and we will wander down where the birds sing gay
While walking we will ponder and appoint our wedding day."
So on and on they rambled, the night birds sang above
The jealous lover grew angry with the beautiful girl that he loved

Down on her knees she bended a-pleading for her life
When deep into her bosom he planted that fatal knife
Beneath the weeping willow where the roses fade and bloom
There lies that fair young maiden in a cold and a silent tomb

Female voice: (speaks) that's a different version


Sources: Mercer 138;   Laws F1 "Florella" or Laws F2, both on similar themes ; Leach 262; Fowke 1994: 86; Roud 500; see for other variants..

History: Laws attributes this ballad to North America since it has not been collected in Britain or Ireland.

Text notes: A story of seduction and murder in which a jealous lover kills his girlfriend.

Tune notes:   Leach also collected this ballad from Theresa White of Port au Port and Mary Dunphy of Tors Cove. The Primroy and White tunes are the same while Mary Dunphy's tune is different, even though the basic structure (triple metre, abab' pattern) are the same as the other two. Indeed, Dunphy's tune would actually harmonize the first tune.

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