The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #97665   Message #3107079
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Mar-11 - 04:18 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Country I'm Leaving Behind
Subject: ADD: The Country I'm Leaving Behind
The first message has a link to a page that has the lyrics, but I think they should also be posted here. I found another page that had the lyrics transcribed, so I didn't have to OCR them or type them out. The version in the Digital Tradition, The Green Shores of Fogo, has very similar lyrics. Joe Hickerson recorded "Fogo" on his Folk-Legacy album, Drive Dull Care Away, Vol. 1. Kenneth Peacock recorded "Fogo" on his Folkways album, Songs and Ballads of Newfoundland.

I didn't find any recordings of "The Country I'm Leaving Behind," as such.

THE COUNTRY I'M LEAVING BEHIND

My barque leaves the harbour tomorrow,
Across the wide ocean to go,
But Kitty, my burden of sorrow
Is more than I'd wish you to know.
There's a dreary dark cloud hanging o'er me,
And a mighty big cloud on my mind,
And I think of the prospects before me,
And the country I'm leaving behind.

Then farewell to the green hills of Erin,
And the darlings so faithful and kind;
Where'er I may be I'll still think of thee,
And the country I'm leaving behind.

Now, Kitty, leave over your crying,
And don't be uneasy for me;
It's my fortune I'd be after trying
On the sunny shores over the sea.
Each moment that passes shall find thee
Still reigning supreme in my mind;
And the image of Kitty shall bind me
To the country I'm leaving behind.

Then farewell to the green hills of Erin,
And the darlings so faithful and kind;
Where'er I may be I'll still think of thee,
And the country I'm leaving behind.

Though the land be abounding in treasure,
And fair maids of every degree,
My eyes may behold them with pleasure,
But my heart will be longing for thee,
Let stormy clouds gather above me,
And friendship prove stale or unkind,
I'll know there is one heart will love me
In the country I'm leaving behind.

Then farewell to the green hills of Erin,
And the darlings so faithful and kind;
Where'er I may be I'll still think of thee,
And the country I'm leaving behind.