All Around Green Island Shore (Collected by Doyle) w/lyrics
(Around Green Island Shore) and (All Around Green Island's Shore)
A Generous Proposal and a Heartless Rejection.
When I first went to Trinity, in the brave old days of yore,
'Twas there I took a stroll all around Green Island shore;
'Twas there I met my own true love, the girl that I adore,
A more handsome little fair maid I never saw before.
I have as staunch a bully boat as ever rode the ground,
She can beat anything with sails from the Horse Chops to the sound;
Besides, I have a big Poole gun, about five feet barrel or more,
And 'tis for your sake I'll shoulder her, all around Green Island Shore.
I have a feather bed, a watch, of a new house I've a frame,
I'll take you home to Robinhood if you will share my name;
If Billy Hookey seeks to win your heart, I'll leave him in his gore,
And sail away from Trinity and the dear Green Island shore.
(To which the maiden replies)
To wed you now, dear Johnny, would be a poor look out,
You have two very small legs which scarce carry you about;
Besides, you're not able to stand the cold of a cold winter's day,
I'd rather wed a weasel, so Johnny, go away.
####.... Author unknown. Original Newfoundland song ....####
This variant was published by Gerald S. Doyle in Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland, First edition, p.7, 1927. Titled as All Around Green Island's Shore in subsequent editions: Second, p.65, 1940; Third, p.9, 1955.
Also printed in St. John's in 1923 as Around Green Island Shore on p.5 of Songs Their Fathers Sung, For Fishermen: Old Time Ditties, published by James Murphy [1867-1931].
Also published by permission of Gerald S. Doyle, St. John's, as All Around Green Island Shore, #135 on p.272 in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968).
Gerald Doyle noted that "the Green Island referred to here is near Trinity. The Poole gun, feather bed and watch were considered at one time enviable possessions, and a young man owning all three was considered a good match. In this case, however, the owner was out of luck. The song was very popular all over the country, particularly in that section to which it relates."
A variant was recorded by Omar Blondahl (Newfoundlanders Sing, p.75, 1964).
See more songs by Omar Blondahl.
From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Poole Gun - long, muzzle-loading, single barrel gun.