MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
It Was Early One Cold Winter's Morning
Theresa White NFLD 1 Tape 15A Track 7
Port au Port Audio:
Ballad / parental abuse

It was early one cold winter's morning when the frost came down like snow
Twas there I spied a fair damsel did not know where to go
With an infant baby in her arms all through the frost and snow

"Oh hush my darling baby I will hold you to my breast
I'll hold you to my bosom breast on this cold frost and snow
I've an infant baby in my arms do not know where to go

"How cruelly was my father when he closed the door on me
How cruelly was my mother when she might have pitied me
How cruelly was that young female who sold his love for gold
With an infant baby in my arms all through the frost and cold

"We'll go in some further valley and there we'll kneel and pray
We'll pray to thee almighty God have pity unto thee."
They went in some further valley and there they knelt and prayed
They lifted their eyes towards heaven and they both lay down and died


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Text notes: A young woman and her baby have been turned out by her father. They die of exposure.

Tune notes: The classic abba tune is sometimes abbreviated to aba. The melody is in a major key and in triple metre.

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