“Back Bay Hill”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-Nova Scotia)
Keywords: courting children
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)

Description

The singer meets a girl "tripping and slipping down (Back Bay Hill)." They are married the next day. They have three children; during a disagreement about names, the father insists the child be named after the hill! He advises others to visit the place

Supplemental text

Back Bay Hill
  Partial text(s)

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From Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, #101, pp. 217-218.
From Frank Faulkner.

One day in December I'll never forget.
A charming young creature I first met,
Here eyes shone like diamonds, she was dressed up to kill,
She was slipping and sliding down Back Bay Hill.

      Chorus:
  And sing fall de dol doodle dum,
  Fall de dol doodle dum,
  Fall de dol doodle dum,
  Lidy I die.

(4 additional stanzas)

Notes

Creighton reports, "[Informan Frank Faulkner] learned this song while sealing in 1902.... The name Back Bay may be changed to any hill in the place where the song is sung." - RBW

Blondahl: "Signal Hill, St John's, is famed for many deeds (and mis-deeds) which have taken place over the past three or four centuries." - BS

References

  1. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 164-165, "Citadel Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Blondahl, p. 107, "Sig-i-nal Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton-NovaScotia 101, "Back Bay Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. ST FJ165 (Partial)
  5. Roud #1811
  6. BI, FJ165