MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Star of Logy Bay
Performed by "Clare O'Driscoll" Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 3 Track 7
Community: Tors Cove Audio:
Genre: Ballad / love foiled by parents  


Ye ladies and ye gentlemen I pray you lend an ear

Male voice: (speaks) Don't think we got that. (Pause) Alright, now.

Ye ladies and ye gentlemen I pray you lend an ear
While I locate this residence of a lovely charmer fair
The curling of her yellow locks first stole my heart away
And her place of habitation is down in Logy Bay

It was on a summer's evening this little place I found
I met her aged father who did me sore confound
Saying, "If you address my daughter I'll send her far away
And she never will return again while you're in Logy Bay!"

How could you be so cruel as to part me from my love
Her tender heart beats in her breast as constant as the dove
Oh Venice was no fairer nor the lovely month of May
May the heavens above shower down its love on the star of Logy Bay

'Twas on the very next evening he went to St. John's town
And engaged her in a passage for a vessel outward bound
He robbed me of my heart's delight and sent her far away
And he left me here downhearted for the star of Logy Bay

Oh now I'll go a-roaming, I can no longer stay
I'll search the wide world over in every country
I'll search in vain through France and Spain, likewise America
'Til I will sight my heart's delight, the star of Logy Bay

Now to conclude and finish the truth to you I'll tell
Between Torbay and Outer Cove 'twas there my love did dwell
The finest girl e'er graced our isle so everyone did say
May the heavens above send down its love on the star of Logy Bay


Sources: Mercer 182' Doyle 1927: 68 and later editions; Greenleaf 1968: 270;   recorded by the McNulty family. Greenleaf, Doyle, and the McNulty's use different tunes.   For recordings by Wilf Doyle, Dick Nolan, Gerry Reeves, St. John's Extension Choir, Omar Blondahl, Ed McCurdy, the McNulty Family, Alan Mills, Tim Jim & Garth, see Taft 94. Roud 4421. Also collected by Leach from May Whalen of Cape Broyle.

History: Possibly composed by Mark Walker (Hiscock 2003 ) , this popular Newfoundland song was first published by St. John's songwriter and ballad collector, James Murphy, in 1902.

Text notes: The theme of lovers separated is now narrated as a local story.

Tune notes: These two variants in the Leach collection use two of the three different tunes known in Newfoundland for this song. The tune published in the Doyle songster of 1940 has become the best known.   Multiple melodies suggest a possible origin as a broadside where singers would fit the words to a familiar tune.

Although all the tapes have indicated that this is Clare O'Driscoll, it is clearly a man singing, or, in any case, not the same voice as the other sings idenitified as Clare. It is more likely William O'Driscoll.

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