Down by Jim Long's Stage
DESCRIPTION: "As I roved out one day in June 'twas down by Jim Long's stage, I met my true love's father" who has other plans for Eliza; singer threatens to take her away "to be me darlin' wife." Father reveals singer has passed the test and can "wed her in the fall"
AUTHOR: unknown (but see NOTES)
EARLIEST DATE: 1955 (Doyle-OldTimeSongsAndPoetryOfNewfoundland, 3rd edition)
KEYWORDS: love marriage dialog father
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Doyle-OldTimeSongsAndPoetryOfNewfoundland "Down by Jim Long's Stage" (1 text, 1 tune): p. 22 in the 3rd edition, p. 21 in the 4th, p. 19 in the 5th
Blondahl-NewfoundlandersSing, p. 111, "Down By Jim Long's Stage" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [83 words]: A stage is "An elevated platform on the shore ... where fish are landed and processed for salting and drying ...." [per Dictionary of Newfoundland English, University of Toronto Press, 1999].
According to GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador site the author is "unknown, but probably Mark Walker." - BS
Anna Kearney Guigné, in her article on the Doyle songsters, "Kenneth Peacock's Contribution to Gerald S. Doyle's Old-TIme Songs of Newfoundland (1955)," also attributes the piece to Walker. - RBW
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