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Farewell To Tarwathie (Ryan's Fancy) videos
#1115: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2009
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Farewell to Tarwathie and you, Mormond Hill,
To the green land of Crimond, I bid you adieu;
For I'm bound out for Greenland, get ready to sail,
In the hope to find riches in hunting the whale.

Our ship she is well riggèd and she's ready to sail,
And the crew are all anxious for to follow the whale;
Where the icebergs do float and the stormy winds blow,
And the land and the ocean are covered with snow.

For the cold ice of Greenland, so barren and bare,
No seed time, no harvest is ever known there;
But the birds here sing sweetly over mountains and dales,
But there's never a birdsong to sing to the whale.

Farewell to my loved ones, you fair won my heart,
Likewise, my dear darling, from you I must part;
But the cold ice of Greenland will not my heart chill,
And the longer my absence, more loving you'll feel.

So, Farewell to Tarwathie and you, Mormond Hill,
To the green land of Crimond, I bid you adieu;
For I'm bound out for Greenland, get ready to sail,
In the hope to find riches in hunting the whale.

####.... George Scroggie ....####
George Scroggie was a miller at Federate in the parish of New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and is said to have written this song in the early eighteen-fifties, per a compilation by Peter D Wright in The Flag In The Wind, Issue 56 - 29th June 2001, a weekly online newspaper: part of the monthly Scots Independent.

This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Songs From The Shows, trk#7, 2001, produced for CBC Television by Jack Kellum, and recorded at CBC Television Studios, St John's, NL).

Liner Notes: Vocal - Denis Ryan.
The themes of many of our episodes dealt with seagoing people and the reality of their leaving home for long periods of time. Whaling voyages were undertaken by thousands of men from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to "the cold coast of Greenland".


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From Wikipedia:
Crimond - village in the northeast of Scotland, located nine miles northwest of the port of Peterhead and just over two miles from the coast.
Mormond Hill (from the Gaelic -mor- meaning big and -monadh- for hill) - large hill in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, not far from Fraserburgh. The villages of Strichen and New Leeds can be found at its foot hills.

The video below features a performance of a variant by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.


#501: YouTube video by raymondcrooke ©2009
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