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Thread #54253   Message #1602917
Posted By: Bob Bolton
12-Nov-05 - 04:29 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/ADD: Only a Leaf from a Rosebud
Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: ONLY A LEAF (Australian ... ?)
This was requested by GUEST: Newfiegirl, in 2002, then IrishRM in 2005:

I play a version probably only the chorus) collected as a dance tune (waltz) in Australia ... and these words come from an old Australian publication ... but I can't confirm the provenance.

Regards,

Bob

Only a Leaf
T.B. Fayme

In a broken down attic, with walls grim and bare,
Where the sunshine it seldom did stray,
On a mattress of straw, that lay on the floor,
An old man was lying one day.
They said he was dying, and clasped in his hand
Was a Bible, all withered and old —
But beneath one torn page a dead rose-leaf they found,
And this was the story it told.
Chorus: Only a leaf, ah! but what grief
          It caused in the dim long ago.
          Once it was red, now faded and dead
          And the woman that wore it laid low.
          It was worn by a beautiful angel,
          Who should have been my wife,
          Only the leaf of a rose-bud,
          But it changed the whole course of my life.

"I once had a sweetheart", the dying man said
"And also a rival, I knew;
He was neatly and grand, with wealth to command,
What wonderful things gold will do!"
I proposed and she answered "Tonight at the ball,
I'll wed you if a white rose I wear,
Ah! But if it be red, Lord Danby I'll wed",
That night this leaf fell from her hair.
Chorus: Only a leaf, ah! but what grief …

To seek consolation, I roamed o'er the sea,
And there a wild reckless life led.
Till a few weeks ago I returned to my home,
To find my lost darling was dead.
She married my rival, her father to save -
From shame and disgrace, so folks say,
And it broke his sad heart, and like this rose-leaf,
She withered and faded away.
Chorus: Only a leaf, ah! but what grief …

This is a representation of the Australian collected version of the chorus (from Harry Cotter of Binalong, NSW) … in the now "No Longer Supported by Mudcat" MIDIText format of Alan of Australia. You may have the program - and be able to extract the MIDI file (or I could email a MIDI to a privately supplied e-mail address). Anyway, the text also includes the tune in ABC Format, which can be converted to many other formats by sundry free sites and/or apps.

I have also found the full tune, as published along with the full verse and chorus words, by T.B. Fayme, in Grandad's Songs, Allans Music, Melbourne, Australia … probably before the 1950s. I bought my copy in the late '60s. Interestingly, the only web hits I could get on T.B. Fayme were on the web site of the South Street Band Contest … in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia … so I knew no more about the original composition!

If you need the full verse and chorus tune … I can transfer them to my music notation program (MusicTime) … or I could send a scan of the whole kit & kaboodle as it is published - as a seven lines of basic piano arrangement (in Bb).


MIDI file: onlyleaf.mid


Timebase: 240


TimeSig: 3/4 24 8

Tempo: 128 (468750 microsec/crotchet)

Start

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