“Sad and Lonely Comrade”


Bobby dies and his father and mother mourn. "Prepare to meet your darling with Christ up in the skies. We all have loved ones sleeping, all in a churchyard bed, And why not try to meet them in a moment we are dead"

Supplemental text

Sad and Lonely Comrade
  Partial text(s)

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From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast,
#52, pp. 144-145. "Sung by Charles Riley, Lance au Loup, August 1960."

Oh sad and lonely comrades, when one is carried out,
Out of this world of darkness into that heavenly light,
Now let it be a warning to the words I have to say,
And then you'll know how silent before my path away.

(four and a half additional stanzas)


Leach's informant thought this a local song about a Labrador event, though he didn't know details. I suspect he was right, though; the song is unsophisticated and the poetry neither good nor clear. - RBW


  1. Leach-Labrador 52, "Sad and Lonely Comrade" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST LLab052 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9987
  4. BI, LLab052


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Leach-Labrador)
Found in: Canada(Newf)