Pretty Susan, sung by Angelo Dornan of Albert County, was recorded at the 1959 Miramichi Folksong Festival.

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Angelo Dornan
c. 1959
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Transcript

PRETTY SUSAN

As sung by Angelo Dornan of Elgin, Albert County, in the 1959 Miramichi Folksong Festival.

When first from sea I landed I had a roving mind,
I rambled undaunted my true love to find.
Then I met pretty Susan with her cheeks like the rose,
And her skin was like the lilies fair or the flower that grows,
And her skin was like the lilies fair or the flower that grows.

Oh, a long time I courted her till I wasted my store,
Her love turned to hatred because I was poor,
She said: “I have another one whose fortune I’ll share,
So begone from pretty Susan, the Pride of Kildare,
So begone from pretty Susan, the Pride of Kildare.”

Broken-hearted next morning as I strolled by the way,
And I met pretty Susan with her young man so gay,
And as I passed by her with my heart full of care,
I sighed for pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare,
I sighed for pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare.

Once more to the ocean I’m resolved for to go,
I’m bound for the east’rd with my heart full of woe.
It’s there I’ll see pretty girls with jewels so rare,
But there’s none like pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare,
But there’s none like pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare.

(A last verse, which Mr. Dornan omitted at the Festival was collected from him by Dr. Helen Creighton in 1954. Mr. Dornan learned the song from his father, who in turn had learned it from an uncle.)

And now ‘tis farewell to my dear native shore,
To the green hills of Erin I’ll ramble no more,
And while I’m at a distance and burdened with care,
I’ll dream of pretty Susan, the Pride of Kildare,
I’ll dream of Pretty Susan, the Pride of Kildare.


Lyrics from Songs of the Miramichi, Louise Manny, 1968, pp. 279 - 280.


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