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Adieu, My Native Land, Adieu
This ballad begins: 'Adieu, my native land, adieu, / The vessel spreads her swelling sails; / Perhaps I never more may view / Your fertile fields, your flowery dales.' It was to be sung to the air 'Farewell to Albion's Heathery Hills'. The broadside was priced at one penny and published by the Poet's Box. A long advertisement for services offered by the Poet's Box (probably Glasgow) foots the sheet, but the address and town are not included.
This ballad begins: 'I am a poor stranger, from America I came, / There's no one does know me, nor can tell me my name; / I am a poor stranger, I'll tarry a while, / I have rambled for my darling for many a long mile.' It was published by Robert McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
This ballad begins: 'The tear fell gently from her eye; / When last we parted from the shore, / My bosom heaved with many a sigh, / To think I might ne'er sae her more.' The text preceeding it reads: 'PRICE ONE PENNY / This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 190 Overgate, Dundee.'
This ballad begins: 'The auld house, the auld hoose, / What though the rooms were wee, / Oh kind hearts were dwelling there, / And barnies fu' o' glee / The wild rose and jessamine / Still hang up on the wa'; / How many cherished memories / Do the sweet flowers reca'?' 'Barnies' is a misprint, it should read 'bairnies'; a Scots word for 'children'. This sheet was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee.
Bonnie Jeanie Shaw
Verse 1: 'I'm faur awa' frae Scotland / Nae lovin' yin is near, / I dinna see the auld folk / The folk I loe sae dear; / But I'll leave this foreign laun' / Wi its scenes and sichts sae braw; / And I'll wander hame tae Scotland / An' my bonnie Jeanie Shaw'. The song was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
Bonnie Lassie's Answer
Verse 1: 'Farewell to Glasgow, / Likewise to Lanarkshire, / And farewell my dearest parents, / For I'll never see you mair; / For the want of pocket money, / And for the want of cash, / Makes mony a bonny laddie, / to leave his bonny lass.' The chorus begins: 'For I am forced to go, my love / Where no one shall me know'. Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration of a man and woman holding hands. The word 'Kangaroo' is from the title of another ballad that appeared on the same sheet: 'On Board the Kangaroo'.
Bonny Nelly Brown
Verse 1: 'Bonny Nelly Brown, I will sing a song to thee, / Tho' oceans wide between us roar, ye'll aye be dear to me, / Tho' mony a year's gane o'er my head, since down in Linton's dell, / I took my last fond look o' thee, my ain dear Nell.'
Bundle and Go
Verse 1: 'The winter is gane, love, the sweet spring again, love, / Bedecks the blue mountain and gilds the dark sea, / Gie'en birth to the blossom, and bliss to the bosom, / And hope for the future to you love, an' me. / For far to the west, to the land of bright freedom, / The land where the vine and the orange trees grow, / I fain would conduct thee, my ain winsome dearie - / Then hey, bonnie lassie, will you bundle and go?'
Burning of the Montreal and loss of Three Hundred Scotch Emigrants
This ballad is sung to the tune of 'Flowers of the Forest' and begins: 'You people of Scotland I pray give attention, / A sad dismal story I soon shall let you hear, / Of the dreadful burning of the Steamship the Mon'real / For Montreal in Canada her course she did steer.' A woodcut illustration is included at the top of this sheet.
Call me back again
This ballad begins: 'You say good-bye the parting words were spoken / I have you now, perhaps 'tis better so. / I give you back each tender little token.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box, / 90 and 102 Overgate Dundee.'
Country I'm Leaving Behind
Verse 1: 'My barque leaves the harbour tomorrow, / Across the wide ocean to go, / But, Kitty, my burden of sorrow / Is more than I'd wish you to know. / There's a dreary dark cloud hanging o'er me, / And a mighty big cloud on my mind, / And I think of the prospects before me, / And the country I'm leaving behind.' This ballad was published by the Poet's Box, 190 Overgate, Dundee.
Country I'm Leaving Behind
Verse 1: 'My barque leaves the harbour to-morrow, / Across the wide ocean to go, / Bnt, Kitty, my burden of sorrow, / Is more than I'd wish you to know. / there's a dreary dark cloud hanging o'er / And a mighty big cloud on my mind, / And I think of the prospects before me, / And the country I'm leaving behind.' It was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
Donald's Farewell to Lochaber
Verse 1: 'Farewell to Lochaber, and farewell my Jean, / Where heartsome with thee I hae monie days been; / For Lochaber no more, Lochaber no more, / We'll maybe return to Lochaber no more.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Edinburgh Convicts and Farewell to Scotland
The first ballad begins: 'Come all young men of learning, / A warning take by me, / I'd have you quit night walking, / And shun bad company.'
Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope
This public notice begins: 'HER MAJESTY'S Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners HEREBY GIVE NOTICE, THAT they are prepared to receive applications from Persons of the Labouring Classes, who may be desirous of Emigrating to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, with the intention of working there for wages, but who are unable to defray the whole expense of their passage.' The notice is dated 20th January 1849, and was published by J. Durham of Dundee on behalf of the Government Emigration Office in Dundee.
Verse 1 begins: 'God speed the keel of the trusty ship / That bears ye from our shore'. The text before this reads: 'Price One Penny. / This very popular song can always be had in the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow. / TUNE - Original'. It was published on the 24th June 1871.
Exile of Erin
Verse 1: 'THERE came to the beach a poor exile of Erin, / The dew on his thin robe was heavy and chill; / For his country he sighed, when at twilight repairing, / To wander alone by the winds beaten hill. / But the day-star attracted his eyes sad devotion, / For it rose o'er his own native isle of the ocean, / When once in the fire of his youthful emotion, / He sang the loud anthem of Erin-go-Bragh.' 'Erin Go Bragh' is Irish for 'Ireland Forever'.
Verse 1: 'Guid evenin' frien's, I hope your weel, / I'm prood tae see you a', / I just wis passin' through the toon, / So I thought I'd gie you a ca', / I'm gaun awa' across the seas, / My fortune for tae try, / So I've just come tae see you frien's / An' bid ye a' guid bye.' A note under the title announces that it was 'Sung with great success by J.G. Roy'.
Girl I left behind me and Brennan on the moor
The first ballad begins: 'Now for America I'm bound, / Against my inclination- / Yes, I must leave my native ground, / Which fills me with vexation'.
Glasgow Fair on the Banks of Clyde
Verse 1: 'When I was young and youth did bloom, / Where fancy led me, I did roam; / From town to town the country round, / Through every sylvan shady grove. / Until I came from Scotland by name, / Where beauty shines on every side, / There's no town there we can compare / With Glasgow fair, on the banks of Clyde.' It was to be sung to the original tune, suggesting that both the song and melody were well-known, and was published in 1869 by the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow.
Good by my Darling
This ballad begins: 'T'is just ten years ago, / Since I left my native home, / And oh how my mother wept, / When last she shook my hand.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Copies of this song can always be had at the Poets Box 190 Overgate Dundee. / PRICE ONE PENNY'.
This broadside begins: 'A Full, True, and Particular Account of the LAST SPEECH, CONFESSION, and DYING DECLARATION of JOHN MURDOCK, (one of the Emigrants who lately left this country for America) who was Executed at Brockville, in Upper Canada . . . for the Horrible, Barbarous, and Inhuman Murder of his own Brother, by knocking him on the head with a large Axe, and afterwards Burying him Alive, while Cutting Timber in the Woods together.' The sheet was published in 1821, probably in Scotland. It is unusual for a story of this nature to travel so far.
Verse 1: 'I'm sitting on the stile Mary, / Where we sat side by side, / On a bright! may morning long ago, / When first you were my bride.' This sheet was published by Robert McIntosh of Glasgow but is not dated.
This ballad begins: 'As I went out one morning clear down by yon river side, / I overheard a fair maid, the tears rolling down did glide, / This is a cold and stormy night, these words I heard her say / My lover is on the ocean wide bound for America.' It was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
This ballad begins: 'Kathleen Mavourneen, the grey dawn is breaking, / The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill; / The lark from her light wing the bright due is shaking, / Kathleen Mavourneen! what slumbering still?' The publisher's name is printed on the sheet but only the surname, McIntosh, is legible. The place of publication is not included.
Lovely Mourin Shore
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye muses nine, with me combine, / And grant me some relief'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, which were his business premises between 1860 and 1890.
My Ain Folk, They're Far Far Awa, Gallowa' Hills, and Dark Flodden Field
The first ballad begins: 'Far frae my ain hame I wander, / But still my thoughts return'. The second ballad begins: 'They're far ower the sea, the freen's we lo'e sae weel, / They're far, far across the stormy main'. The third ballad begins: 'Says I, bonnie lassie, will ye gang wi' me, / An' leave your friends in their ain country?' The fourth ballad begins: 'Our bravest on the turf lie dead / On dark Flodden Field'.
Verse 1: 'Norah, dear Norah, I cant live without you, / What made you leave me to cross the wide sea / Norah, dear Norah, oh! why did you doubt me / The world seems so dark and so drearly to me? / Why from old Ireland have you been a ranger / Why have you chosen the wide world to roam / Why did you go to the land of the stranger, / And leave your own Barney alone, all alone?' This song was published by the Poet's Box, 190 & 192 Overgate, Dundee.
On board the "Kangaroo"
Verse 1: 'Once I was a waterman, / And lived at home at ease; / Now I am a mariner, / And plough the angry seas; / I thought I'd like a seafarin' life, / So bid my love "adoo," / And shipped as cook and stewart, boys, / On board o' the "Kangaroo."
This ballad begins: 'Ye sunny lands, beyond the main, / Where plenty smiles in store; / Thy charms may tempt our roving sons / To leave their native shore.' The author of this ballad was James Kirkwood, who appears to have lived in Garth, which is near Denny in Stirlingshire.