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Suggestions for a farewell song?

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Subject: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Ethereal Purple
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 01:48 AM

This year's our final year in school, and two girls junior to us are planning to sing and play the guitar at what we call the 'farewell' -graduation kind of thingy.

They're planning to do 'As Tears Go By'... and want another song. Any suggestions? Something sad... and maybe slow... and sentimental. Leaving-school-ish. Or not... just a song that makes you feel really sad, and makes you cry! Preferably not too unknown :-).


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 02:17 AM

Hi, Purple - I grouped this thread with our other parting song threads - the Parting songs thread has the widest variety. You may want to try a Digital Tradition Keyword Search (click) for parting - we have some 260 parting songs in our database. I guess you can't use "parting glass" songs for a school graduation, but I have to say that When First We Met is my current favorite parting song.
Good luck to you!
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 10:00 AM

At my high school graduation, Terri (a some-time Mudcatter) sang Joni Mitchell's 'Circle Game'.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 10:45 AM

Perhaps you could modify this song from David Stone.

The Soldier's Farewell
Words and Music - David Stone/Darryl Landry/Jadairpublishing/SOCAN
A young Scottish soldier posted in 19th century Halifax sadly bids adieu...

 
 
 

Chorus
I Say Farewell Now my time is through
The evening sun is sinking down
As darkness settles o'er these waters
It's away that I am bound
 
I see stone walls above the harbor
And the ship that waits for me
The horizon the peaceful waters
Soon across them I will be
 

I see the tall masts all down the shoreline
Ships as far as the eye can see
It's aboard one I'm bound for leaving
To a place that I care not to be
 
Here on King's Wharf I stand silent
As the wherry ferries o'er to me
I must sail now, back home to England
But here I leave the very heart of me
 

<break>
A battle's raging o'er the sea
I must fight for King and Country
That thought scares me half to death
But I must go now, for I'd never run away
 

So goodbye ladies and goodbye comrades
Your fair city regretfully I leave
Though I cursed it on my arrival
Now there's no place on earth I'd rather be
 
I Say Farewell Now my time is through
The evening sun is sinking down
As darkness settles o'er these waters
It's away that I am bound
As darkness settles o'er these waters
It's away that I am bound
 


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 11:54 AM

I'm crude and rude and I have a warped sense of humour. How about Bugger Off, You Bastards?


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 11:57 AM

One of my favourites is Singers' Farewell by Mal Waite. The words would be highly appropriate for this 'Do' too.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 02:23 PM

Woody Guthrie's 'So long, it's been good to see you'.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: open mike
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 02:28 PM

something that emphasizes the future instead of dwelling on the past...


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: plum
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 03:54 PM

until we meet again by dougie maclean


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Murph10566
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 04:12 PM

How about the Beatles' classic, 'In My Life '...


OR...

Carole King's (?) ' You've Got A Friend '...

Good luck,
          M.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 05:36 PM

Maybe "Wild World" by Cat Stevens?


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,soos
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 05:45 PM

How about "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Hotspur
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 07:13 PM

"Bound for Canaan" is one of my favorites, as is good old "Auld Lang Syne," original tune please. When my dad and I sing together, though, we usually end with Sir Harry Lauder's "It's Nice to Get up in the Morning," since we are both well known as slugabeds.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Helen
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 07:32 PM

One simple song which seems to endure over the decades is "Now is the Hour"

From memory:

Now is the hour, when we must say goodbye
Soon you'll be sailing far across the sea
While you're away, oh please remember me
And when you return you'll find me waiting here

Here is a page with lots of lovely info, including a far nicer set of words (which may not scan to the tune) translated from the Maori language.

cached Google page of folksong.org.nz

Helen


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 07:56 PM

The Leaving Shanty?

"It's time to go now, haul away the anchor
... "


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Midchuck
Date: 18 Jan 04 - 08:25 PM

The old Dylan one to the tune of "Parting Glass" is nice - I think it's called "Restless Farewell."

Of course, it ends, "...and bid farewell, and not give a damn." So you'll probably get people saying it's "inappropriate." May those people descend to the Muslim Hell and be sodomized by demons.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Strollin' Johnny
Date: 19 Jan 04 - 08:47 AM

'Farewell Song' written by Julie Henigan.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,JOHN FROM ELSIE`S BAND
Date: 19 Jan 04 - 08:55 AM

Zany Mouse, Spot On!!


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: freightdawg
Date: 19 Jan 04 - 11:08 AM

My senior year in high school the graduating class was given the task of choosing its "class song," as was the usual custom. The song was to be somewhat contemporary, and express to the school and our community what we viewed of ourselves, life, graduation, etc. Some joker nominated "Dust in the Wind" words and music by Kerry Livgren and performed by Kansas. It was the clear winner. The administration wanted to hold another selection, but that got our dander up and we made sure we kept it just to make a statement. Dreadfully depressing lyrics, but lovely melody. On graduation night it was performed by an instrumental group - I guess the admin. just would not allow it to be sung. It has always been a sentimental favorite of mine, and it a twisted way (the way my mind seems to work) I think it was a pretty good choice.

"Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind."

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 19 Jan 04 - 02:20 PM

Parting Song by Dave Webber is a lovely one. Its in the digitrad.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 20 Jan 04 - 01:53 PM

"Sound the horn" from my album "Perfect Moments" might be appropriate, for a tongue-in-cheek farewell. The last line ("the shift is over and from now my time belongs to me") could be changed to "now school is over...". If someone wants to turn their hand to a parody, no prob. Details from El Greko's website, just go to "albums" and click on the title of the song for the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Etheral Purple
Date: 21 Jan 04 - 09:31 AM

Thanks all, for the suggestions. Will look up the ones I haven't heard :-).

Oh Freightdawg - a friend of mine's probably going to sing 'Dust in the Wind' at the farewell (this is another friend). An awfully depressing song!

And - thanks so much Joe - I did do a keyword search - and got a whole lot of useful results.

EP


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Guest (Mike K.)
Date: 21 Jan 04 - 09:54 AM

Here's To Song

The candle flickers t'wards its last;
Our time together's ended.
The evening sped so swiftly past;
No richer way to spend it.
Before we head our sep'rate ways,
I'd like in truthfulness to say:
You've made this day a special day
With songs and kindness splendid.

Here's to song, here's to time,
Here's to both with friends mine
Here's to friends who raise their voices high.
Kings have riches widely lain,
Lords have lands but then again,
We have friends and songs no wealth can buy.

We each a diff''rent road must go
To mountain, sea or city
The hour has come for sweet adieus,
And ah, the more's the pity.
But first unite in hand and heart
And sing a chorus e'er we part,
For every end leads to a start,
We need not part so sadly.

Here's to song, here's to time,
Here's to both with friends mine,
Here's to friends who raise their voices high.
Kings have riches widely lain,
Lords have lands but then again,
We have friends and songs no wealth can buy.

Until our paths in future cross
May blessings kindly wait you.
Until that time I must alas
I'll leave and then re-meet you.
But often I will sit and stare
And think upon this moment rare,
The company beyond compare,
So now farewell and thank you.

Here's to song, here's to time,
Here's to both with friends mine
Here's to friends who raise their voices high.
Kings have riches widely lain,
Lords have lands but then again,
We have friends and songs so no wealth can buy.
We have friends and songs so no wealth can buy.

                        Allister MacGillivray

Avaiable on the CD Song for the Mira - the compositions of Cape Breton Island songwriter Allister MacGillivray,as performed by some of the artists who have brought his music to the world.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 21 Jan 04 - 10:18 AM

mike - that is gorgeous! Thanks for posting the lyric.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 21 Jan 04 - 10:42 AM

And so the time has come
The evening at an end
We must say farewell and go as friends
It seems only right to say
What wond'rous sheer delight
To share such moments here
with you tonight

Chorus:
May you always be happy
Make the most of each new day
May you all help one another on the way
May your journey seem shorter
Than the one that brought you here
May you soon lie in arms of those that you hold dear

We've weaved a tale or two
All have played their part
And sung to raise the rafters from the start
So at this closing hour
Not knowing where or when
One chorus more - and we may meet again . . . (Rpt Chorus)

A new 'Parting Song' sung by Duncan McFarlane & Maggie Boyle
(only days away from 'release') - if you want the tune - which is 'simple' and will require only four chords to accompany on guitar, or whatever, I can burn a copy off for you. - HFA


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Ethereal Purple
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 02:06 AM

Unfortunately... it's hard to find much of the music I want... and I can't get copies burned off by people... 'cause I'm in India... and not exactly filthy rich :-(! Shipping any music I order on the net or anything would probably cost more than the music! *sigh*.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 04:53 AM

All the Good People is a candidate; so is the Outside Track, which has been discussed on the Cat in various places.

Perhaps more appropriate would be "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound".

A


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,cath
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 05:24 AM

Farewell My Friends - Makem & Clancy

'Farewll my friends, I'm leaving soon, I'm going away for a while,
But I'll come back and see you all should it be 10 thousand miles.'


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 05:25 AM

Now then, Ethereal Purple....

regarding...
and I can't get copies burned off by people... 'cause I'm in India... and not exactly filthy rich :-(! Shipping any music I order on the net or anything would probably cost more than the music! *sigh*.

...I can burn you off a CDR of that particular song - no trouble! - no charge!
I'll even post it to you for nowt wi' the chord sheet and lyric. Howzat?
Some of us out here play for the love of it y'know - an occassional bit of cash never hurts - or gets turned down lightly... but!
It'd be nice to have it played in India - reward enough!
Funnily enough - It's just been been requested for the 'leaver's service' in summer 04 for the 16 & 17 year old's leaving the school where I work!
Let me know. HFA.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Ethereal Purple
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 06:50 AM

HFA - that's awfully sweet of you. Really, it is... and it's a beautiful song and really appropriate and all of that. Is there any way you could send it through the net? Because, won't posting it here cost a lot?... I couldn't accept that! Thanks SO much, though.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 10:10 AM

I recently used "Hello, I must be going" as sung by Groucho Marx in the movie "Animal Crackers"--

Hello, I must be going,
I'm sad to say I really must be going;
I'll stay a week or two,
I'll stay the Summer through;
But now I say to you,
I must be [drop voice as low as you can go] go-ing.

I generally introduce this as part of the philosophy of the great philosopher, Marx. It's amazing how few people get it until the song has proceeded into its middle.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: 42
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 10:17 AM

Brendan Nolan (and about 20 other performers) have put music to a beautiful poem by Holmes Hook called "Song for the Road"

Our evening here is at an end the time to part is near
I'm glad our roads that they did cross and come together here
Your welcome it has been so warm, so before we travel on
Raise your glass and raise your voice and join us in this song

Chorus
If your road is lonely even till the end
A song that's well-kept in your heart will be a steady friend
And if your way is paved with love, raise your voice in song
And share it with a traveller whose road is hard and long


The ways we take from this place will have many twists and bends
But I've never travelled on a road that didn't have an end
And when I meet some folks like you that I'd love to call my friends
I pray the road will take a turn and we'll sing this song again

Chorus

But if I find a resting place before I'm back this way
Should the road become too long and my step turn to clay
If from tonight you do recall just one line of this song
Then even if my road should end, this song will travel on

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 10:31 AM

An old Southern parting hymn, used at many "final" services, not just funerals:

God Be With You Till We Meet Again

(It's probably too "churchy" for your occasion, but the tune is very familiar in the South.)

I would prefer Beethovan's Ode to Joy played slowly! The perfect "going out" song.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: 42
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 10:50 AM

the previous version of Song for the Road is the Tanglefoot version. The one I like to sing is here. Make up your own tune...everybody else seems to.

Song for the Road   Holmes Hook

Our evening here is has reached the end the time to part is near
I'm glad our roads they did cross and came together here
Your welcome it has been so warm, so before we travel on
Raise your glass and raise your voice and sing a parting song


If your road is lonely even till the end
A song that's kept within your heart will be a steady friend
And if your way is paved with love, raise your voice in song
And share it with a traveller whose road is hard and long

The ways we take from this place will have many twists and bends
But I've never travelled a road that didn't have an end
And when I meet some folks like you I like to call my friends
I pray the road will take a turn and we'll sing this song again

But if I find a resting place before I'm back this way
Should the road be just long and my steps be turn to clay
If from tonight you do recall just one line of this song
Then even if my road should end, this song will travel on.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: 42
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 10:53 AM

Just to show you should always read the first post. forgive my rookiedom.

How about Look For the Light by Kitty Donahoe?


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: saulgoldie
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 01:30 PM

A couple that have recurred through my life are "The Last Thing On My Mind" by Tom Paxton (sometimes accused of being too cliche but never in my book), and "Early Morning Rain" By Gordon Lightfoot. If you are into international, there is "Proschai," a Russian folk song that I heard done by Theodore Bikel.

Wow, that is three posts for me involving memories all over 30 years old in one hour. Something in the air, perhaps?


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: open mike
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 03:07 PM

I just came across a song in the most recent Folk Nik, the newsletter of the San Francisco Folk Music Club. Going Home by Jim James. It was written when he was with the Southport Folk Club in Both, U.K. in 1984. It is on Windjammer Days CD, www.mainewindjammercruises.com

In the night sky you can hear the geese cry
Whe it's time for the going home song
The gull on the shore's sailing homeward once more
For it's time for the going home song

Chorus:
Travellers the wide world over
May your star follow you through the night
With the storm clouds at bay
An the end of the day
Then it's time for the going home
Time we were getting home
Time for the going home song

The fox on the dunes looking out for the moon
For it's time for the going home song
The shepherd and dogs wend their way with their flocks
When it's time for the going home song

Chorus

There'll be peace once again over valley and glen
When it's time for the going home song
When the mist from the sea spins its own mystery
Then it's time for the going home song

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 03:23 PM

Well, from the country western arena this song might possibly work with a few word changes - it's been done by Willie Nelson and others.

THE PARTY'S OVER

CHORUS
[A] Turn out the lights, [E] the party's [A]over.

They say that all [E]good things must end.

[A] Call it a night, [D] the party's over

and tomorrow starts the [A] same old [E] thing [A] again.


[A] What a crazy, crazy party. Never seen so many people.

Laughing, dancing, look at you, you're having [E]fun.

Look at me, I'm almost crying. But, that don't keep her love from dying.

Misery calls for me. The party's [A] over.

(CHORUS)

[A] Once, I had a love undying. I didn't keep it I wasn't trying.

Life for me was just one party then [E]another.

I broke her heart so many times. Had to have my party wine.

Then one day she said, "Sweetheart the party's [A]over".


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: muppitz
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 05:12 PM

Don't know if you'll know it but Tanglefoot do a really nice sone on the back of their album, Music in the wood, called Song for the Road, it's a really nice song about never forgetting the people e met in your life.

http://www.tanglefootmusic.com/records/lyrics/music_in_the_wood.htm

Here is where the lyrics can be found if you're interested.

Muppitz


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 06:03 PM

A friend used the Goodnight song from "BLue Murder". Sheffield City Morris always leave to (their version) of Tam's "Rolling Home" which was written for a play at the Crucible, Sheffield.

Dave
www.collectorsfolk.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 30 Jan 04 - 05:19 AM

Now then Purple Person,
>>Is there any way you could send it through the net? <<
Technically that's a possiblity of course.
I just have to work out how! I can use these PC things to some extent, but I'm gonna have to get some assistance to get the track to you over the net.
(And before floods of advice starts coming in - I'm likely not gonna understand owt technical! So make it, like me, simple!)
The lyric is up above here somewhere - but I'll retype it with the basic chords in place as soon as I can (there's only four! D,A, G and Bm and the most simple 'strumming' will accompany it nae bother!)
meantime, another nip from the flask, and back to work! HFA


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 30 Jan 04 - 05:22 AM

Oh! And Hello FolkieDave! I've just twigged where I know the name!
How ya doin'? - HFA


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Loren
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 09:08 PM

Two great graduation songs are:

"The Graduation Song" by Vitamin C

             and

"Good Riddance" by Green Day

Good Luck!


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 09:31 PM

Actually, "The Parting Glass" never explicitly specifies what it is to be filled with. Put a footnote in the program saying that it refers to iced tea.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: People change and forget to tell each other. :||


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 09:40 PM

"Leave Her Johnny"
...leave her Johnny, leave her; oh, leave her Johnny, leave her
for the voyage is done and the winds won't blow
and it's time for us to leave her...


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,van lingle
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 09:44 PM

"Farewell, Farewell" by Fairport Convention is a lovely tune but the lyrics might be a bit heavy for the occasion. Then there's always School's out for the Summer by Alice Cooper *grin*.
And then there's the one Joan Baez used to do I think it's called "10,000 Miles" it starts out "Fare thee well I must be gone and leave you for a while/ Wherever I go I will return if I go 10,000 miles..." A beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Ed Sherry
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 09:56 PM

I've always liked "THe Parting Glass," a traditional song recorded by (among others) the Clancy Brothers.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: stallion
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 05:12 AM

Last time englands soccer team played in the european championship our session had to compete with the televised soccer in the pub, after the match that saw englands demise the TV was turned off.
I sang Cheers boys cheers.

Cheers boys Cheers No more of idle sorrow
courage true heart shall guide us on our way
hope points before and shows a bright tomorrow
let us forget the darkness of today
So farewell England much as we may love thee
we'll dry the tears that we have shed before
why should we weep who sail in search of fortune
So cheers boys cheers for a new and happy land

etc


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: gnomad
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 05:35 AM

Here's one I like, though possibly not right for a school-leaving ceremony.

Health to the Company

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme,
And lift up your voices in chorus with mine,
Let's drink and be merry, all grief to refrain,
For we may and might never all meet here again.

Chorus:
Here's a health to the company, and to my lass,
Let's drink and be merry, all out of one glass,
Let's drink and be merry, ail grief to refrain,
For we may and might never all meet here again.

Here's a health to the dear lass that I love so well,
Her style and her beauty there's none can excel,
She smiles on my countenance, sits on my knee,
Sure there's no one on earth makes me happy as she.

Our ship lies in harbour, she's ready to dock,
Let's hope she's safe landed, without any shock,
If ever I meet you, by land or by sea,
I will always remember your kindness to me.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 10:00 AM

A common one in the Scottish folk scene is "Happy we've been a' thegither" (the Willie Scott version). Or sometimes "Goodnight and joy be with you all" (what "The Parting Glass" was
plagiarized from).


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Cats
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 01:09 PM

Have to say I go with Canaan's Land [Farewell my friends we're bound for Canaan]. Stunning song. I can always sing it down the phone for you if you want to pm me.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: old salty
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 09:30 AM

My favorite farewell song is "so here's to you" by Alan Bell. I can just about sing it via the lump.Sang it to the capt and crew when the Grand Turk left whitby this week.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 09:35 PM

More about lovers but the chorus speaks of farewells and it is a lovely tune:

The last Thing On My Mind - Tim Hardin did a lovely recording of this

LAST THING ON MY MIND
(Tom Paxton)

It's a lesson too late for the learnin'
Made of sand, made of sand
In the wink of an eye my soul is turnin'
In your hand, in your hand.


CHORUS:
Are you going away with no word of farewell
Will there be not a trace left behind
Well, I could have loved you better
Didn't mean to be unkind
You know that was the last thing on my mind.

As we walk on, my thoughts keep tumblin'
Round and round, round and round
Underneath our feet the subways rumblin'
Underground, underground

REPEAT CHORUS

As I lie in my bed in the mornin'
Without you, without you.
Every song in my breast lies a bornin'
Without you, without you.

REPEAT CHORUS

You've got reasons a-plenty for goin'
This I know, this I know.
For the weeds have been steadily growin'
Please don't go, please don't go.

Take a listen to this if a you get a chance - it's so beautiful and has that feeling of wistfulness that would appropriate


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,ifor
Date: 26 Apr 06 - 12:03 PM

Try Farewell To Cotia by Dick Gaughan on the album True and Bold...his tribute to the scottish miners during the Great Strike.A wonderful song!
ifor


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: melodeonboy
Date: 26 Apr 06 - 12:25 PM

The ultimate parting song is "What a bunch of c***s" by Brian Damage!

However, this should only be used for:

a) People you genuinely want to see the back of, probably won't ever see again and don't mind offending.

b) Really good mates who'll take it the right way!


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Young Buchan
Date: 19 Jun 10 - 09:45 AM

"Try Farewell To Cotia by Dick Gaughan on the album True and Bold...his tribute to the scottish miners during the Great Strike.A wonderful song!"

Just found this by accident when looking upsomething else. Four years late, can I just point out that, in case someone reads the above in a literal sense:
a) the song is not by Dick Gaughan but by the late Jock Purdon;
b) it is a tribute to the men of the Harraton pit in County Durham;
c) it was written long before the Miners' strike.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 19 Jun 10 - 10:34 AM

If you felt like doing something that will make people laugh! Try this         Just click on the link! Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 19 Jun 10 - 02:20 PM

Guanta la gusta (Not sure of spelling)

We gotta get going where are we going what are gonna do?
We're on our way to somewhere the three of us and you.
What will we see there who will be there what will be the big surprise?
There may be senoritas with dark and flashing eyes.

We're on on way pack up your pack and if we stay we won't come back
Oh we don't care if we have to walk or climb
But, we're going and we're gonna have a happy time.

Guanta lagusta la gusta la gusta guanta la gusta la gusta etc.

This was popular when I was a boy. That was 1950 BR. (before rock)


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: frogprince
Date: 19 Jun 10 - 02:35 PM

If you happen to have an experience with a particulary unappreciative audience, you might finish up with "Sam Hall"
My name it is Sam Hall, damn your eyes;
My name it is Sam Hall, damn your eyes;
My name it is Same Hall, and I hate you one and all;
I hate you one and all, damn your eyes.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing
Date: 20 Jun 10 - 11:27 AM

"Elsie`s Band" have a very suitable parting song on MySpace entitled "Epilogue"


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Jun 10 - 11:43 AM

FAREWELL MY FRIENDS written by Dick Miles, available in his song book The Sailors Dreamalso available on his cd.around the harbour town
http://www.dickmiles.com


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Snuffy
Date: 22 Jun 10 - 08:55 AM

Those Were The Days, My Friend


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Reiver 2
Date: 22 Jun 10 - 04:07 PM

I love the Irish song, "The Parting Glass," but it probably isn't quite appropriate for a school girls' farewell. But my favorite farewell song is the last verse of the Scottish "Will Ye No Come Back Again."

Sweet the lav'rock's note and lang,
Liltin' wildly up the glen,
Och, to you we sing this song,
'Will ye no' come back again.'

As a young man, I lived and worked for some time at Tuolumne Co-Op farm in California. Several families lived on the farm and many visitors came for a day or week. Whenever visitors were leaving all of the residents would gather and send them on their by singing that stanza of the old Scottish song.

Reiver 2


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Sep 11 - 09:37 PM

Here's our take on the song Mary mentioned, "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." You can also find the sheet music, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele tab for the hymn on the page via the link.


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Sep 11 - 10:55 PM

"GUEST", I really enjoyed that, but I really was pleased to also find Beautiful Isle of Somewhere. I'd heard it for the first time earlier this week in the old Gene Autry movie mentioned on your site. Though not a Christian, I do love some of the old hymns and that one is beautiful. Thank you.

kat


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Subject: RE: Suggestions for a farewell song?
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 21 Sep 11 - 07:57 AM

Thanks, Kat. Glad to help. Didn't realize my cookies needed to be reset on my "God Be With You" post.


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