The Lady LeRoy

Jennifer Culley Curtin


I learned this from the album "Over the Moor to Maggie" by the Irish group Oisin.  In the "Sam Henry" music book it states that it was collected from Tony Holleran, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.  Again, a woman who isn't afraid to go after what she wants!


The Lady LeRoy

As I was a-walking one morning in May

A-viewing wild flowers, all Nature seemed gay

I spied a young damsel on Erin's green shore

She was viewing the ocean where the wild billows roar

I said "Pretty Polly you're the girl I adore

And parting with you lass it grieves my heart sore

Your parents are rich love and angry with me

Oh if I tarry with you, its ruined I’ll be"

So she's dressed herself in a suit of men's clothes

Straight to her old father immediately goes

She's purchased a vessel, laid down its demand

Oh, but little he thought it was his own daughter's hand

When her father found out he did cursed and did swear

He sent for his captain and bade him foreswear

To seek them and find them, their lives to destroy

Oh they ne'er will enjoy the proud Lady Leroy

The captain was pleased with his orders to go

To seek them and find them like some foreign foe

He spotted a fair vessel, her colours let fly

He hailed her and found she was the Lady Leroy

He bade them return to old Ireland once more

Or broadside and broadside upon them would pour

This brave Irish hero has made his reply

"We will never surrender, We'll conquer or die"

So it's broadside and broadside each other did pour

And louder and louder the cannons did roar

This brave Irish hero has gained victory

Hurrah for true lovers - may they always run free

They sailed into Boston that city of fame

Of the other ship's commander I'll mention no name

Here's a health to pretty Polly, long may she enjoy

Her proudest of heroes and her Lady Leroy

Here's a health to pretty Polly, long may she enjoy

Her proudest of heroes and her Lady Leroy

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