Sarah - arr. by Jonathan Quick

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(traditional Newfoundland)


I came upon a charming girl

  And Sarah was her name

Her parents want a husband

  With riches, wealth, and fame

I have no wealth, and riches and fame

  Have never come my way

Until the day when I crept up

  And through the keyhole say


    Sarah, Sarah, won't you come out tonight

    Sarah, Sarah, the moon is shining bright

    Put your cap and jacket on

    Tell your mother you won't be long

    And I'll be waiting for you 'round the corner


My Sarah is a girl like this

  A girl you seldom see

She loves me only for myself

  And not for my money

Every night at eight o'clock

  She puts the needles away

And standing just beside the door

  And through the keyhole say


One night a little after eight

  I crept up to her door

And I whispered "Sarah, darling"

  As I'd often done before


"Sarah! Sarah!  I'll give you Sarah!" said a voice

  As down I fell with a-flop

And her mother saying, as she kicked me all around the shop


The old woman thought she'd killed me

  And I let her think so, too

As I lay there on the floor

  I scarce knew what to do

At last she said, "Is he live or dead?

  My girl I'll let him wed."

Then up I jumps, says "Thank you ma'am"

  And to to my girl I said

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