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Best Of Friends Must Part (MacEdward Leach)

I'm going to sing you a little song,
It's a subject of my own,
That the best of friends must part someday,
At least now we are told.

So if you lose a loving friend,
Keep up a cheerful heart,
For it's prophesized aIl in the end,
That the best of friends must part.

A young man standing in a door,
With the one he loved so dear,
He pressed her to his tender breast,
And gently shed a tear.

She looked at him and tried to say,
All with an aching heart,
It's prophesized all in the end,
That the best of friends must part.

So if you lose a loving friend,
Keep up a cheerful heart,
For it's prophesized aIl in the end,
That the best of friends must part.

A sailor when he's going to sea,
He leaves his wife at home,
No one to help her in distress,
By chance distress might come.

He steps on board, bids her adieu,
All with an aching heart,
For it's prophesized all in the end,
That the best of friends must part.

A soldier on the battlefield,
Lay bleeding all alone,
His thoughts were on some foreign land,
And the friends he left at home.

He knew that death was drawing nigh,
And he had played his part,
He prayed to God for it's sad to say,
That the best of friends must part.

So if you lose a loving friend,
Keep up a cheerful heart,
For it's prophesized aIl in the end,
That the best of friends must part.

####.... Author unknown ....####

Collected from George Hatfield [1865-?] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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