MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Erewanna
Performed by Vince Ledwell Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 1A Track 9
Community: Calvert Audio:
Genre: Parlour song / comic  

Transcription

Male voice: (speaks) Don't you?

Female Voice: (speaks) Erewanna on my honour I'm in love with you.

Male voice: (speaks) Yeah.

Female voice: (speaks) That's all I knows of it.

Male voice: (speaks) That all? All right.

(sings) Amid the wild and wooly prairies lived an Indian maid
Erewanna queen of fairies of her tribe afraid
Each night there came an Irish lad a buck with a wedding ring
He would sit outside her tent and his bagpipes loud would sing

CHORUS: "Erewanna on my honour I'll take care of you
I'll be good and true, we can bill and coo
In a wigwam built with shamrocks green we'll make those redmen smile
When you're Mrs. Barney heap much Kearney from Killarney's Isle"

As the moon shone down upon them, Erewanna said,
"Some great race might crown you big chief then I'll be your bride."
"Oh that's easy," whispered Barney with a smiling face,
"All my family were great runners an' the first in every race

CHORUS: "Erewanna on my honour I'll take care of you
I'll be good and true, we can bill and coo
In a wigwam built with shamrocks green we'll make those redmen smile
When you're Mrs. Barney heap much Kearney from Killarney's Isle"


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Text notes: An Indian girl is wooed by an Irish piper. The tone of the text is comic.

Tune notes: The many tone reiterations, in "patter" song fashion, suggest a stage or music hall context.

 

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