MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Charles O'Neil
Will O'Brien NFLD 1 Tape 9A Track 4
Cape Broyle Audio:
Ballad / lovers separated

Female voice: (speaks) Go ahead

Twas on the quarter deck that I saw my love stand,
His kerchief he [.] and he wove with his lily hand,
He spoke a few failing words which I could not understand,
He's the hero of bonny Carlo.

Now I gazed on that ship-o with long long desire,
Until she sailed out of my sight,
Like one in a palsy I began for to shiver,
Bright famous that (?) sank in the west,

I then returned home in order to sleep,
But all that long night I continued to weep,
But all that long night I continued to weep,
For the hero of bonny Carlo.

(speaks): Ah, the first . I'd If I'd think you were going to take that you see I'd started on the first of it and got ahead of it.




Text notes: The singer watches her love, the hero of Bonny Carlo, depart by sea.

Tune notes: Sung with rhythmic flexibility, in triple metre. The melodic form is abcd.

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