“Saint John's Girl”


The singer happens to be in St John's and meets a pretty girl who drinks his champagne. He buys her a pair of kid gloves. Given a kiss and thinking to score, the singer looks to pawn his gold watch but finds she had already lifted it and his scarf pin.

Supplemental text

Saint John's Girl
  Partial text(s)

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From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast,
#87, pp. 222-223. "Sung by Peter Letto, Lance au Clair, July 1960."

A few days ago I went on a spree,
In St. John's town I like for to be.
I heard people talking and just for a lark.
I got down the town, 'twas just before dark,
Few coins in my pocket; likewise a few dubs,
Says I to myself, "I'm right on the job,"
When some one called, "Charles," and turning around,
The prettiest girl in town I found.

(2 additional stanzas, of irregular length, with recitations
between each stanza)


  1. Leach-Labrador 87, "St John's Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST LLab087 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9975
  4. BI, LLab087


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