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Farewell To Nova Scotia (Ryan's Fancy) score, MIDIs, videos

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#49: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2007
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The sun was setting in the west,
And the birds were singing on ev'ry tree;
All nature seemed inclined for to rest,
But still there was no rest for me.

So, farewell to Nova Scotia, you sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be;
While when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

I have three brothers and they are at rest,
And their arms are folded across their breast,
While a poor simple sailor just like me,
Must be tossed and driven on a cruel north sea.

So, farewell to Nova Scotia, you sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be;
While when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

I grieve to leave my native soil,
I grieve to leave my comrades all,
And my parents that I do adore,
And the bonnie, bonnie lassie that I love so well.

So, farewell to Nova Scotia, you sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be;
While when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

The drums do sound while the wars do alarm,
And our captain calls, you must obey;
So, farewell, farewell to Nova Scotia's charms,
For it's early in the morning I am bound far away.

So, farewell to Nova Scotia, you sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be;
While when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

####.... Author unknown. Adapted from The Soldier's Adieu, a poem by Robert Tannahill of Paisley, Scotland [1774-1810] ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Times To Remember, trk#11, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

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Notes: First sung in 1933 for Helen Creighton [1899-1989] by Ann Greenough of Petpeswick, Nova Scotia. Also sung by Walter Roast of East Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, 1943-44, and published as The Nova Scotia Song in 1950 by Helen Creighton and Doreen H Senior (Traditional Songs Of Nova Scotia, pp.264-265).

A variant was recorded by Sons of Erin, featuring bandleader Ralph O'Brien, Johnnie Lynn, "Wee" John Cameron, and Denis Ryan on their self-titled album, Sons Of Erin, c.1970.


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The video below features a variant recorded by Harry Hibbs (The All New Harry Hibbs With Shrimp Cocktail, trk#16, 1972, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario). In 2002, a digitally remastered CD was released by Robert Matichak (Unidisc Studios, Montreal, Quebec).

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#1398: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2010
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The video below features a performance by Ryan's Fancy recorded live at The Black Knight Lounge in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Jack Hutchinson and George Taylor (An Irish Night At The Black Knight Lounge, trk#16, 1971, Marathon Music Incorporated, Scarborough, Ontario).

#749: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2009
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