#01971
Leaving Nancy (Eric Bogle) videos
#464: YouTube video by machree01
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

In comes the train, the whole platform shakes,
It stops with a shudder and the screaming of brakes;
The parting has come and my weary soul aches,
I'm leaving my Nancy-O.

You stand there beside me, determinedly gay,
You talk of the weather and events of the day;
But your eyes tell me all
that your tongue doesn't say,
Goodbye, my Nancy-O.

And come a little closer,
Lay your head upon my shoulder;
And let me hold you one more time,
Before the whistle blows.

My suitcase is lifted and stowed on the train,
A thousand regrets whirl around in my brain;
The ache in my heart is a black sea of pain,
I'm leaving my Nancy-O.

You stand there beside me, so lovely to see,
But the grip on your hand is an unspoken plea;
You're not fooling yourself,
and you're not fooling me,
Goodbye my Nancy-O.

And come a little closer,
Lay your head upon my shoulder;
And let me hold you one more time,
Before the whistle blows.

But our time has run out, the whistle has blown,
And here I must leave you, standing alone;
We had so little time and now the time's gone,
Goodbye my Nancy-O.

And as the train starts gently to roll,
As I lean out to wave and to call,
I see the first tears trickle and fall,
Goodbye, my Nancy-O.

And come a little closer,
Lay your head upon my shoulder;
And let me hold you one more time,
Before the whistle blows.
And let me hold you one last time,
Before the whistle blows.

####.... Eric Bogle, 1971 ....####
Copyright Notice: Both Eric and his publisher would like you to have access to the lyrics of his songs for your own enjoyment but, should you wish to reproduce copies for any purpose, you should first seek permission from the publisher at the following address: - Larrikin Music Pty Limited - 4/30-32 Carrington Street, - Sydney, NSW, - Australia, 2000.

Recorded on many of Eric Bogle's albums, notably: (7", 45rpm, 1974, Side A with Sandy Hollow Line on Side B, Kookaburra Records, Australia); and (Bogle Live In Person, 1977 Folkclub Munster, Autogram & Folk Records, Nottuln, Germany); and (By Request, trk#4, 2001 CD, Greentrax Recordings Ltd, Cockenzie, East Lothian, Scotland, UK).

The lyrics above are from a live performance at Stonyfell Winery, Adelaide, Australia (Eric Bogle: Live At Stonyfell Winery, trk#13, 2009 DVD, Greentrax Recordings Ltd, Cockenzie, East Lothian, Scotland, UK). This is Eric Bogle's first and (according to him) last DVD, and includes additional interview material.


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The video above features a 45 rpm variant recorded as Leaving Of Nancy by Hyland Laddy (Leaving Of Nancy, Side A, Arrow Records).

A variant was also arranged and recorded by the Ennis Sisters (Can't Be The Same, WEA International, 2003).

Ennis Sisters liner notes:
Eric Bogle wrote this song in 1971 about leaving his mother in Scotland while he left for Australia to live. He made her promise not to cry until he was out of sight. This song has a special meaning for us because when our mother comes to see us off at the airport, she can't always hide her tears.


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The video below features a guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

#1263: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~


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