“Deck of the Willow Green”

Alternate titles: “Faithful Edgar”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Leach-Labrador)
Keywords: virtue suicide sea ship drink religious sailor
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

Edgar ships on the Willow Green. Being God-fearing, he refuses to join the crew and captain in drink. Edgar tells the captain that drink will lead him to Hell. In drunken gloom the captain kills himself. Edgar prays for the crew. They all swear off rum.

Supplemental text

Deck of the Willow Green
  Partial text(s)

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From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast,
#89, "B" text, pp. 228-229. "Sung by William Riley, Lance au Loup,
June 1960."

Come all ye Newfoundland young friends and listen unto me,
A story I will relate to you; it happened out at sea.

It's a sad heart-breaking story, which I am going to tell you;
It's about young Edgar Spence and his age was scarce nineteen.

(25 additional very improbable stanzas)

Notes

Yeah, sure. - RBW

References

  1. Leach-Labrador 89, "Deck of the Willow Green" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. ST LLab089 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9974
  4. BI, LLab089