“Newcastle Is My Native Place”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay)
Keywords: youth home work courting marriage lament drink
Found in: Britain(England(North))

Description

"Newcassel is my native place, Where my mother sighed for me... Where in early youth I sported... But, alas! those days are gone and past." The singer tells of growing up, taking his first job, getting married -- and regrets the woe of the latter

Supplemental text

Newcastle Is My Native Place
  Partial text(s)

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From Stokoe/Reay, Songs and Ballads of Northern England, pp. 190-191.

Newcassel is my native place,
  Where my mother sighed for me,
I was born in Rewcastle Chare,
  The centre of the Kee;
Where in early youth I sported,
  Quite free from care and pain!
But, alas! those days are gone and past,
  They'll never come again.

Now like another married man
  I have with care to fight,
So let all joy and happiness
  Among us reign to-night;
And with a bumper in each hand,
  Let every heart proclaim,
That happy may we separate,
  And happy meet again.

(Stanzas 1, 6 of 6)

Notes

This is a rather strange mix: Almost every line of it recalls happy days -- but the singer is grousing anyway. - RBW

References

  1. Stokoe/Reay, pp. 190-191, "Newcastle Is My Native Place" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST StoR190 (Partial)
  3. Roud #3180
  4. BI, StoR190