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Parting songs

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PARTING GLASS
SINGER'S FAREWELL
WHEN FIRST WE MET


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Lyr Add: May the Path Lead You Safely Home to Me (3)


Tattie Bogle 18 Apr 12 - 08:45 PM
Joe_F 18 Apr 12 - 08:02 PM
GUEST,kenny 18 Apr 12 - 04:07 PM
MGM·Lion 17 Apr 12 - 11:44 PM
Joe_F 17 Apr 12 - 06:14 PM
GUEST,JB3 17 Apr 12 - 04:31 PM
GUEST,JB3 17 Apr 12 - 04:25 PM
GUEST,JB3 17 Apr 12 - 04:23 PM
BobKnight 01 Oct 09 - 02:52 PM
robd 01 Oct 09 - 12:27 PM
GUEST,Valmai Goodyear 30 Apr 07 - 07:07 AM
mick p r.m s.c 30 Apr 07 - 03:10 AM
Mike Miller 29 Apr 07 - 05:20 PM
GUEST 29 Apr 07 - 10:57 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 30 Nov 04 - 02:55 PM
GUEST,Katie Pottle 29 Nov 04 - 09:23 PM
annie111 23 Nov 04 - 06:00 AM
andymac 22 Nov 04 - 03:34 PM
PoppaGator 22 Nov 04 - 10:54 AM
PoppaGator 22 Nov 04 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,mollycat 22 Nov 04 - 07:49 AM
Shimbo Darktree 22 Nov 04 - 06:30 AM
Cluin 22 Nov 04 - 06:06 AM
rhyzla 22 Nov 04 - 05:11 AM
The Barden of England 22 Nov 04 - 02:42 AM
nutty 21 Nov 04 - 11:21 AM
GUEST 21 Nov 04 - 08:53 AM
GUEST,Strollin' Johnny 20 Jan 04 - 08:33 AM
Folkiedave 19 Jan 04 - 08:24 PM
PoppaGator 19 Jan 04 - 11:56 AM
McGrath of Harlow 23 Oct 99 - 12:33 PM
Barry Finn 23 Oct 99 - 10:10 AM
Joan 22 Oct 99 - 04:30 PM
Ely 22 Oct 99 - 02:57 PM
McGrath of Harlow 22 Oct 99 - 02:36 PM
Jon Freeman 22 Oct 99 - 01:36 PM
Sue Dewsbury>mandsd@yahoo.com 22 Oct 99 - 05:13 AM
Bruce O. 22 Oct 99 - 12:33 AM
WyoWoman 21 Oct 99 - 11:12 PM
Bruce O. 21 Oct 99 - 11:03 PM
Bruce O. 21 Oct 99 - 10:18 PM
McGrath of Harlow 21 Oct 99 - 09:41 PM
Grubby 21 Oct 99 - 08:50 PM
Nogs 21 Oct 99 - 05:51 PM
Bruce O. 21 Oct 99 - 03:57 PM
Wolfgang 21 Oct 99 - 06:21 AM
Graham Pirt 21 Oct 99 - 06:00 AM
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Subject: RE: Parting songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 18 Apr 12 - 08:45 PM

Davy Steele's "Just One More Chorus" - especially good for the end of a singers' session. Jamie, Davy's son, takes centre stage at Celtic Connections 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xudsYedOFFE


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Subject: RE: Parting songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 18 Apr 12 - 08:02 PM

Time, Gentlemen, Time


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 18 Apr 12 - 04:07 PM

Favourite of mine - [ to the tune, approximately, of "The South Wind" ]

Lyrics - ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD

Chorus:
Lay down the borrowed guitar
Lay down the fiddle and bow
You'd like one more drink at the bar
But the manager says you must go

And all the tunes in the world
Are dancing around in your head
But the clock on the gantry says play-time is o'er
You'll just have to sing them instead

Lay down the jig and the reel
Lay down the planxty and slide
Everyone knows how you feel
But there's no time to take one more ride

The barmaid has put on her coat
And the barman has emptied the slops
And the manager's friends are afraid
The music will bring in the cops

Everyone here feels the same
Oh yes you deserve one more tune
but you know the rules of the game,
It's time to go howl at the moon

All the tunes in the World
Ewan McVicar


and also would second Dougie's "Until We Meet Again", and also Ian Sinclair's "Tak A' Dram Afore ye Go" - the latter worked well when we played it at Penicuik Folk Club last night !
Karine Polwart's "Follow The Heron Home" is also a good one.


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Subject: RE: Parting songs
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 17 Apr 12 - 11:44 PM

Roll The Old Chariot Along ~~ with divided chorus ··· & ending, of course, with the "night with a whore" verse, followed by "Belay your oars, m'lads!".

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Parting songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 17 Apr 12 - 06:14 PM

Now Is the Hour


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Subject: RE: Parting songs
From: GUEST,JB3
Date: 17 Apr 12 - 04:31 PM

At the Berea College Christmas Country Dance School, it's traditional to end with this one:

Good night, goodnight, beloved mine
Good night, sleep well, my dear
Good night, good night, beloved mine
Good night, sleep well, my dear
May Cherubim and Seraphim watch over you and hover near
Good night, good night, beloved mine
Good night, sleep well, my dear


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Subject: RE: Parting songs
From: GUEST,JB3
Date: 17 Apr 12 - 04:25 PM

another parting round:

Gone to rest is the setting sun
Day is over and night has come
Whipporwhill, whipporwhill
Has just begun


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Subject: RE: Parting songs
From: GUEST,JB3
Date: 17 Apr 12 - 04:23 PM

Has anyone mentioned the rounds:

Sing with thy mouth, sing with thy heart
Like faithful friends, sing, loath to depart
Though friends together may not always remain
Yet, loath to depart, sing once again

or

Goodnight to you all and sweet be your sleep
May silence surround you, your slumber be deep
Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight, goodnight


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: BobKnight
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:52 PM

Robert Burn's song, "Ae Fond Kiss."

"Ae fond kiss, and then we sever." (part)


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: robd
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 12:27 PM

I am so often years out of sync, but with regard to the Van Ronk song above ( Last Call ), the poster says:

"The melody, cadence, and mock-serious cappella delivery suggest that the tune may be not only traditional, but ancient. But then again, it may have been a Dave original that just *sounds* old."

The Tune Van Ronk used is actually Lord Franklin.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: GUEST,Valmai Goodyear
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 07:07 AM

Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner have a splendid parting song written by Lynne and performed in delicate harmony.

Valmai
Lewes, Sussex


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: mick p r.m s.c
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 03:10 AM

HI,"The Parting Song". written by Dave webber and sung by Johnny Collins on his Now and Then c.d. is a good one.a bit sad but a good chorus.
                  Cheers Mick.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Mike Miller
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 05:20 PM

If you want the audience to sing with you, there is one song that everyone sings, the young, the old and the in-between. It is "Somewhere, Over The Rainbow". I can't explain the hypnotic affect of this song but I have sung it in school assemblies, at birthday parties, at weddings, at senior facilities, at folk clubs and in concert and, I swear, as soon as I start the audience joins in as if it was some kind of anthem. I guess that everyone knows it from the movie and singing it makes one fell young and hopeful.
The chords are interesting but easy.
Let's hear it for Toto.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 10:57 AM

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. This has bothered me for YEARS!!!!!not remembering the words. Any music to Always leave 'em laughing?


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 02:55 PM

Words in these threads:
Will ye go, 7611: Will ye go
Wild Mountain Thyme, 19964: Wild Mountain Thyme
The McPeake version is in the DT as Wild ...

Music at Numachi, Digital Tradition Mirror: Wild Mountain Thyme


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: GUEST,Katie Pottle
Date: 29 Nov 04 - 09:23 PM

hey i need the notes and the song to WILL YE GO,lASSIE GO!!!


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: annie111
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 06:00 AM

yep,"when we first met" Allan Bell is one of the best.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: andymac
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 03:34 PM

As a parting song, how about "In Freendship's Name" which has the lines

Freendship maks us a' mair happy
Freendship gies us a' delight
Freendship consecrates the drappie
Freendship brocht us here the night

Ch
Happy we've been a the gither
Canty, we've been yin and a'
Time shall see us a' mair blyther
Ere we rise tae gang awa'

Not sure who it's been recorded by, it's from the singing of Willie Scott, from the Borders but it's fairly well known in Scottish sessions

Andy


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: PoppaGator
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 10:54 AM

One more Tom Rush cover, about a particular *type* of parting -- "Child's Song," featured as one of the bonus tracks on the "Festival Express" DVD.

I had long forgotten this one, but was quite moved to hear it again. It took on a whole new meaning for me after having my own kids grow up and leave home -- back when the song was new, I could only understand the child's point of view when leaving the parents. But having looked at THAT situation from Both Sides Now...whew!


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: PoppaGator
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 10:46 AM

This just popped into my head, and I haven't read through this whole long thread, so forgive me if I'm repeating something already said:

"The Urge for Going" -- first recorded by Tom Rush, but written by someone else -- a young, not-yet-recorded Joni Mitchell, maybe?

Then there's the traditionl Irish "Parting Glass," which MUST be mentioned above, also the subject of at least two fairly recent discussions here.

And my favorite set-closer of all time, Dave Van Ronk's "Last Call," featuring that great line Lawrence Block appropriated as the title for one of his Matt Scudder mysteries, "When the Sacred Gin Mill Closes."


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: GUEST,mollycat
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 07:49 AM

Have a listen to 'Goodnight' by The Duncan Mcfarlane Band it's on the Woodshed Boys Cd - Maggie Boyle is singing it with the band. I think I've seen the lyrics on their website somewhere.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Shimbo Darktree
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 06:30 AM

How about "Boil Dem Cabbage Down" ... oh, sorry, just read the subject line again ... supposed to be "parting songs" ...


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Cluin
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 06:06 AM

"Leave `er Johnny"

Dougie MacLean's "Until We Meet Again"

"Bugger Off"


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: rhyzla
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 05:11 AM

Also try Mike Silver's 'A time for leaving'


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN FIRST WE MET (Alan Bell)
From: The Barden of England
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 02:42 AM

My favourite is the followingh by Alan Bell:

WHEN FIRST WE MET
(Alan Bell)

1. When first we met we were total strangers
We didn't know if we could be friends,
How soon we came to know each other
Now I know we will meet again

Chorus:
So here's to you and our time together
I'll share with you now a parting glass
And bid adieu with a smile and laughter
Our time apart will be short and pass

2. We talked of dreams and a good tomorrow
Of yesterday's and their dark dispairs
We've had our share of joys and sorrows
Now we part as friends who care

3. A long long road now winds before me
And fate may take me where it will
Through deep valleys and over mountains
I'll not forget, I'll remember you still

(repeat first verse)


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: nutty
Date: 21 Nov 04 - 11:21 AM

You can find both here Barney

Goodnight Irene


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Nov 04 - 08:53 AM

Im looking for the lyrics and chords for Good Night Irean.
can you help?
Barney


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: GUEST,Strollin' Johnny
Date: 20 Jan 04 - 08:33 AM

Sooz, ref Connolly's apparent change of nationality, you should know how good the Irish are at pinching other peoples' songs and claiming them as their own - I've even heard Bogle's (who's a Scot living in Oz) No Man's Land, having had it's title changed to The Green Fields Of France, described as 'a traditional Irish Song'!

Nothing's sacred any more.
Johnny


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Folkiedave
Date: 19 Jan 04 - 08:24 PM

refresh


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAST CALL (Dave Van Ronk)
From: PoppaGator
Date: 19 Jan 04 - 11:56 AM

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Dave Van Ronk's "Last Call," a favorite of mine. It's on his "Songs for Aging Children" album -- I have a vinyl copy, but haven't had a working turntable for years. I just learned just now that it's also on another DVR album, "Going Back to Brooklyn."

I'm refreshing this old thread rather adding this suggestion to the current (Jan '04) request for a parting song to be sung a a high school graduation. Dave's black-humorous lyrics would NOT be appropriate for teenagers at their commencement ceremony, but they work very well in a barroom setting!

The melody, cadence, and mock-serious cappella delivery suggest that the tune may be not only traditional, but ancient. But then again, it may have been a Dave original that just *sounds* old.

I've found the lyrics easily in the past, via Google search, but had a little more trouble just now. The following verses were quoted "without permission," one at a time, within the text of somebody's on-line short story --- they may or may not comprise the complete song:

LAST CALL (Dave Van Ronk)

And so we've had another night
of poetry and poses,
and each man knows he'll be alone
when the sacred ginmill closes.

And so we'll drink the final glass
each to his joy and sorrow
and hope the numbing drink will last
til opening tomorrow.

And when we stumble back again
like paralytic dancers
each knows the question he must ask
and each man knows the answer.

And so we'll drink the final drink
that cuts the brain in sections
where answers do not signify
and there aren't any questions.

I broke my heart the other day.
It will mend again tomorrow.
If I'd been drunk when I was born
I'd be ignorant of sorrow.

And so we'll drink the final toast
that never can be spoken:
Here's to the heart that is wise enough
to know when it's better off broken.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 23 Oct 99 - 12:33 PM

Thanks Barry - it was there as you said. I'd never have thought of that as the title. Good to have a full set of words.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Barry Finn
Date: 23 Oct 99 - 10:10 AM

Hi MaGrath of Harlow, the song you mentioned is in the DT, try a search for Here's a Health to the Company. Barry


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Subject: Lyr Add: FARE YOU WELL, NOW (Billy Edd Wheeler)^^
From: Joan
Date: 22 Oct 99 - 04:30 PM

This was written by Billy Edd Wheeler. The last verse appears on the cornerstone of Berea College, KY. I had it on my first Folk-Leg. recording, but must also have been recorded elsewhere in the '60s or '70s. j

FARE YOU WELL, NOW

Fare you well, now, my good people
Wherever you are, wherever you go,
Wherever you come from, wherever you're traveling,
I know your name.

They call you father, they call you mother
They call you sister, they call you brother,
They call you rich boy, they call you poor boy,
And I know your name.

I' have seen you in my travels
North and south, east and west,
You love freedom, man and woman,
And I know your name.

...And this I know:
God hath made of one blood
All the nations of mankind
To live as brothers on this earth--
So fare you well now--farewell brother--fare you well.

HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone 20-Feb-2001.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Ely
Date: 22 Oct 99 - 02:57 PM

"One for the Money" (nuts--I can't remember who wrote it).

"Ginny's Gone to Ohio" (traditional? not sure)

"Slow Train Through Georgia" (Norman Blake)

"Don't You Leave Me Here" (Jelly Roll Morton)


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 22 Oct 99 - 02:36 PM

My God, that was impressive speed Bruce O - and an incredible collection of songs.

If you follow the link to "The Night before Larry was stretched" (www.erols.com/olsonw you'll see what I mean about The Parting Glass being a hanging song.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 Oct 99 - 01:36 PM

If anybody is looking for info on ABC, I would suggest that the best starting point is the ABC Homepage at http://www.gre.ac.uk/~c.walshaw/abc/

Jon


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Sue Dewsbury>mandsd@yahoo.com
Date: 22 Oct 99 - 05:13 AM

John Conolly who wrote Fiddler's Green is from Cleethorpes and spells his name like what I have!


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Bruce O.
Date: 22 Oct 99 - 12:33 AM

ABC is a music coding format. Do a forum seach of ABC.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: WyoWoman
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 11:12 PM

What is the ABC to which you refer?

ww


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Bruce O.
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 11:03 PM

An ABC of the 1787 tune for "The Night before Larry was stretched" is now with the two others in the ABC file S1.HTM on my website, but not yet noted in the Scarce Songs 1 file.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Bruce O.
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 10:18 PM

"The Night before Larry was stretched" (by J. Philpot Curran?) is in Scarce Songs 1 at www.erols.com/olsonw. I now have another early tune for it, but haven't made up the ABC for it yet.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 09:41 PM

There's a great song that ends singing evenings in Ireland more times than not, and noone seems to have mentioned it yet in this thread. The only line I can remember this time of night is "We may or might never all meet here again",and so far as I can see it's not in the Digital Tradition storehouse.

If anyone's got it, let's have it. Otherwise I'll try finding it somewhere else, and bring it back here some time.

As for parting glass - I've a theory it's a hanging song. Yopu know, the kind you'd sing at the goodbye party the night before you were stretched, if you were a highwayman or whatever: "But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise and you should not..."

(Talking of that, there's another song I'd like to find, "The night before Larry was stretched")

My website

(I put that in because I've just learned how, and I want to see if it works. If you want to visit, you're welcome.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Grubby
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 08:50 PM

Have a listen to "I Hope we meet again" by the Saw Doctors it's a great song to end with. Grubby


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Nogs
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 05:51 PM

Rob Derrick: The mudcat message service didnt recognize your name, so i post this here: I am interested in the Singers Request song that you posted from the singing if Ian Robb. I am a big fan of his, and would appreciate it if you could tell me if that song is on plastic someplace. If not, is there a way I could get the tune??


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Bruce O.
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 03:57 PM

I've added three versions of "Good night and joy be wi' you a'" and "The Parting Glass" to the Scarce Songs 2 file on my website as well as 4 ABC versions of the tune for "Good night" from as far back as c 1635 (and that for The Parting Glass").


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Wolfgang
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 06:21 AM

Move on down the line is a perfectly fitting parting song which should bring back memories for many of us.
In case you read this, Roger, now Bruce and Martin are back, how about you? You are missed.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: Graham Pirt
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 06:00 AM

Just to mention that John Connelly is not Irish but comes from the fishing port of Grimsby in Lincolnshire, UK.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From:
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 03:44 AM

Bill Steele from Ithaca, NY wrote 'A Thousand Songs' not Bill Staines. And a very good song it is.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIDDLER'S GREEN^^^
From: Faeryrose
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 12:00 AM

I have always loved the Fiddler's Green. Its slow, but moving...and a good one to wind down with. It seems you have a lot of good Irish Favorites, so here's another:

FIDDLER'S GREEN
(John Connolly)

As I roved by the dockside on evening so rare
To view the still waters and take the salt air
I heard an old fisherman singing this song
O take me away boys my time is not long

Dress me up in me oilskin and jumper
No more on the docks I'll be seen
Just tell me old shipmates
I'm taking a trip, mates
And I'll see them someday in Fiddler's Green

Now Fiddler's Green is a place I've heard tell
Where fishermen go when they don't go to Hell
Where the weather is fair and the dolphins do play
And the cold coast of Greenland is far, far away

The sky's always clear and there's never a gale
And the fish jump on board with a flip of their tail
You can lie at your leisure, there's no work to do
And the skipper's below making tea for the crew

And when you're in dock and the long trip is thru
There's pubs and there's clubs, and there's lassies there too
Now the girls are all pretty and the beer is all free
And there's bottles of rum hanging from every tree

I don't want a harp or a halo, not me
Just give me a breeze and a good rolling sea
And I'll play me old squeeze box as we sail along
When the wind's in the rigging to sing me this song

Joe Byrnes did my favorite recording of this...

HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone 20-Feb-2001.


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Subject: RE: PARTING SONGS
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 20 Oct 99 - 11:21 PM

Has anyone mentioned the one that ends, "And I bid you goodnight, goodnight goodnight" ? Watersons do it.


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