MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Shady Brookside
Vince Ledwell NFLD 1 Tape 6A Track 15
Calvert Audio:
Parlour song

It was summer I remember when the days were long and warm
When the blackbird and the linnet came to cheer us with a song
It reminds me of a parting of a parting long ago
By the brookside shady brookside where the water lilies grow
Shady brookside, shady brookside where the water lilies grow

We were comrades three in number and the dearest one to me
Was my little blue-eyed sister and her heart was light and joy
Now she sleeps beneath the willow with it's branches bending low
By the brookside, shady brookside where the water lilies grow
Shady brookside, shady brookside where the water lilies grow

Farewell father dearest, mother it is hard to part with you
Farewell sister dearest, brother I must bid you all adieu
No more we'll roam together as we did long years ago
By the brookside, shady brookside where the water lilies grow
Shady brookside, shady brookside where the water lilies grow


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Text notes: The singer reflects nostalgically on the day he was parted from his loved one, many years ago.

Tune notes: A waltz in a major key, the form is "aabaa." All phrases begin with an ascending triadic pattern (somewhat reminiscent of the "Tennessee Waltz").

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