This recording of Lady of the Lake for our Downriver project was performed by Kevin Murphy.
Lady of the Lake is a lovely traditional folksong which (unusually) involves a shipwreck with a happy ending. (spoiler) The symbol of the girl "weeping on the Greenock quay" was used a number of times in different folksongs and stories, including one of Neil Munro's Para Handy Tales.
The Lady of the Lake As I walked out one evening down by the river side, Along the banks of sweet Dundee, a lovely lass I spied. First she sighed, and then did say, "I fear I'll rue the day, . . . . . . . . "Once I had a kind sweetheart, his name was Willie Brown, And in the Lady of Ihe Lake he sailed from Greenwich town, With full five hundred immigrants bound for America, And on the banks of Newfoundland I am told they were cast away. When she made mention of my name, I to myself did say, "Can this be you stands by my side, my own dear Liza Gray? " I turned myself right round about, my tears for to conceal, And with a sigh I then begun my mournful tale to tell. "I own this loss of Greenock Quay, for I in that vessel went; Along with your true love Willie Brown some happy hours I spent. Along with your true love Willie Brown some happy hours spent we; He was my chief companion upon the raging sea. "We tossed upon the raging main five hundred miles from shore, The nor'west winds and fields of ice down on our vessel bore. That night the Lady of the Lake to pieces she was sent, And all the crew but thirty-two down to the bottom went." She said, "Kind sir, if that be true, what you relate to me, Unto all earthly pleasures I'll forever bid adieu. And in some lonely valley 1'll wander for his sake, And I'Il always think of the day he sailed in the Lady of the Lake." "O Liza, lovely Liza, from weeping now refrain, For don't you see the Lord spared me to see your face again? For don't you see what you gave me when I left Greenock Quay? In his hand he bore the likeness of his own dear Liza Gray. From Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia, Mackenzie Collected from Mrs. James Palmer