“Annie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: courting elopement love family
Found in: Canada(Mar)

Description

The singer grieves for the loss of Annie. "My friends and relations they do all they can For to part me and Annie, that's more than they can." Annie hears him and promises, since she loves him, to go with him to Lincolnham shores.

Supplemental text

Annie
  Complete text(s)

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From Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, #15, p. 32.
"Sung by Mr. Richard Harlan, South-East Passage."

Every evening, every evening as I  go to my bed
The thoughts of you, Annie, still run through my head,
With a sobbing and a sighing as I turn myself round,
When I think of you, Annie, the tears do run down.

I rise in the morning, my heart full of woe,
I go to my shop my shutters to throw,
There's no one that grieves me but the innocent dove,
So I hope to gain pardon to the girl that I love.

Annie being listening and heard what was saying,
She drew nigher and nigher to hear what he said.
"Since you are the young man that I do adore,
It's a trip I'll make with you to Lincolnham shores."

My friends and relations they do all they can
For to part me and Annie, that's more than they can.

Notes

This has so many floating lines ("The thoughts of you, Annie, still run through my head"; "I rise in the morning, my heart full of woe"; "My friends and my relatives they do all they can For to part me and Annie, that's more than they can") that it's hard to think of this as an independent song. But as an assembly, it seems to be unique.

The tune doesn't seem to match any of the parallels, either; it reminds me a little bit of "Farewell to Tarwathie" -- but only a little. - RBW

References

  1. Creighton-NovaScotia 15, "Annie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrNS015 (Full)
  3. Roud #1791
  4. BI, CrNS015