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Thread #27046   Message #329489
Posted By: raredance
28-Oct-00 - 10:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: On Board of a Man-of-War
Subject: Lyr Add: THE MAN-OF-WAR PIECE (from E B Greenleaf)
This is probably getting further adrift but it does contain the magic phrase of this thread.

THE MAN-OF-WAR PIECE

O the lad that I love dearly,
He's proper tall and thin;
He's well-formed in features,
Well-shaped in every limb.
He is both tall an thin withal,
He's no de lod at all.
He's a lover to my behavior,
And I am a girl so young.

I have kept my true love company
For better than three year;
He promised that he'd marry me
. . . . . .
But now he's gone and leaved me,
I can not tell how far;
He has gone to serve his misery
On board a man-of war.

He gived me his black ribbon
To mourn for him so far,
But like a loyal lover
The bunch of blue I wear.
If in the wars he will be slain,
HIs face I never shall see,
But in heaven I hope his soul will shine
Through all eternity.

sung by Tom White, Sandy Cove, Newfoundland, 1929. Printed in "Ballads And Sea Songs of Newfoundland" by E B Greenleaf (1933).

rich r