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One Penny Portion

04:27
Jennifer Culley Curtin
Traditional

Story

This songs had its origins in the British Isles, but when I started researching it I found it most often associated with singers from Nova Scotia.

Lyrics

One Penny Portion

A sailor courted a farmer's daughter they lived convenient in the Isle of Man,

Mark good people what followed after, a long time courting and naught done.

A long time courting and still discoursing of things concerning the ocean wide.

He said, "My darling, at our next meeting if you'll prove constant I'll make you my bride."

As for sailors, I don't admire them because they sail in so many parts.

First they love you and then they slight you and leave you behind with a broken heart.

Don't say so, my dearest jewel, I never intended to serve you so.

I have once more to cross the ocean, you know, my darling, that I must go.

The news was carried unto his mother before he set one foot on board,

That he was courting a farmer's daughter whose aged parents could not afford

One penny portion. Down to the ocean, like one distracted his mother ran.

If you don't forsake her, your bride not make her, I will disown you to be my son.

Mother, Mother, you're in a passion, I'm sorry but you have spoken too late.

Don't you remember in your first beginning, how my father married you from a servant maid.

Don't you despise her, I mean to rise her, as my own father to you has done.

And I will take her, my bride I'll make her, you may disown me to be your son.

When his truelove she heard the story, straight to the ocean then she did run.

Saying in a passion, you need not mind her, we will have money when they have none.

Money or not, you are my lot. You have my heart and my free good will,

And I will take you, my bride I'll make you, let my scolding mother say what she will.

The sailor married his farmer's daughter, they live contented in the Isle of Man.

Mark good people what followed after, a long time courting and all was done.

A long time courting and still discoursing of things concerning the ocean wide.

He said, my darling, my dearest jewel, I love you dearly my constant bride,

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