The Lover's Ghost

On Autumn Harvest AH 002
Old Songs & Bothy Ballads - Here's a Health to the Company

Alison McMorland & Kisty Potts sing:

A rather beautiful version of a ballad better known as The Grey Cock (Child 248) and in related forms as the Night Visiting Song. The ballad was first published in Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum (1787), but Alison and Kirsty’s derives from versions collected by Maud Karpeles in Newfoundland in 1929 and published in her Folk Songs from Newfoundland (1971) (Bronson 248.5).

1: Johnny he promised to marry me,
But I fear he's with some fair one gone;
There's something bewails him and I don't know what it is,
And I'm weary from lying alone.

2: Johnny come here at the appointed hour,
And he's tapped at her window so long;
This fair maid arose and she's hurried on her clothes,
And she's welcomed her true lover in.

c p 2005 Autumn Harvest AH002