MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Hills of New Hampshire
Performed by Clare O'Driscoll Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 3 Track 8
Community: Tors Cove Audio:
Genre: Parlour song?/ love lost  

Transcription

Male voice: (speaks) Alright.

Female voice: (speaks) Ready?

Far away on the hills of old New Hampshire
Many years ago we parted Ruth and I
It was there that I told her that I loved her
It was there I kissed my love a sad good-bye
She clung to me and trembled when I told her
And pleadingly she begged of me to stay
Now my heart lies buried with her 'neath the willow
In that old New Hampshire village far away

Now the sunshine lingers there and the roses bloom as fair
As together in the wildwood we did roam
In the village church yard sleeps the one I love so dear
On the hills of my old New Hampshire home

In my dreams by the stream last night I wandered
And I thought my love was standing by my side
Once again then I told her that I loved her
Once again she promised she would be my bride

But as I stooped to kiss her I awakened
I called her but she was not there to hear
Now my heart lies buried with her 'neath the willow
In my old New Hampshire home I loved so dear

Now the sunshine lingers there and the roses bloom as fair
As together in the wildwood we did roam
In the village churchyard near sleeps the one I love so dear
On the Hills of my old New Hampshire home

 

Sources:

History: A song by the same name, "My Old New Hampshire Home" was composed and published by Sam Goldie et al. in 1898. We have not been able to compare this to the one collected by Leach.

Text notes: A tragic love story in which the singer recalls when he bid his love adieu. In his absence, she died.

Tune notes: In 4/4 metre, this song's phrases are in an abac pattern.

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