The Lock-keepers Daughter
Eleanor Darcy

Written by Brian Langtry
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Oh Eleanor Darcy, the corn was riding so high
When you walked from the shade what a picture you made
The lillies lay down and they sighed, the lillies lay down and they sighed

We met by top lock your father the keeper
I watched you tether haul and laugh
Your face so black with coal dust and sacking
Your eyes as bright as dew

Oh Eleanor, etc

We wed at the chapel down through the meadow
You looked so fine I cried like a child
Now you are the mother and I am the keeper
Your eyes as bright as dew

Oh Eleanor, etc

We sat by the cut watched the moon rise up
The sweet smell of mayweed garlic and herb
We danced to the tune of the mating bird,
And our eyes sparkled like dew

We sat by the cut watched the moon rise up
The sweet smell of mayweed grlic and herb
And we dance to the tune of the mating bird
Our eyes sparkled like dew

Now I'm alone with memories for keepsakes
Still working the lock and hauling the coal
I still see you skipping o'er boats in the queue
Your eyes as bright as dew

Lyrics and recording kindly provided by Brian Langtry who has been touring a multi media show called “Coal and Canals” in 2018 and 2019. This is one of the songs written for this show