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Thread #162780   Message #3876958
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
14-Sep-17 - 01:39 AM
Thread Name: Folksongs about journeys/travel
Subject: RE: Folksongs about journeys/travel
Two songs of farewell;

Farewell to Tarwathie - a song about the West Greenland right whale fishing by miller George Scroggie of Federate, near Aberdeen, around the middle of the 19th century.

Farewell to Tarwathie, adieu Mormond Hills,
And the dear land of Crimond, I bid ye farewell.
We're bound out for Greenland and ready to sail,
In hopes to find riches in hunting the whale.

The Leaving of Liverpool - W. Doerflinger got this nostalgic song from a well-known shanty singer, 'Captain' Dick Maitland, who learnt it from a Liverpool man when he was bosun on the General Knox about 1885.

Fare-thee-well the Princess Landing Stage,
River Mersey fare-thee-well.
I am bound for California.
That's a place I know right well.

Thanks to Mainly Norfolk