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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleFarewell to Mary Ann
Roud No.4438
Collected FromMills, James
LocationSouth Cerney
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 147
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 8th April, 1916, p 3, Part 26, No. 8
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Fare you well, my own Mary Ann!
Fare you well for a while!
For the ship's now ready, and the wind blows fair,
And I am bound for the sea, Mary Ann,
And I am bound for the sea, Mary Ann.

Verse 2

Don't you see the turtle dove,
Sitting on yonder stile,
Lamenting the loss of her true love?
And so am I for my Mary Ann,
And so am I for my Mary Ann.

Verse 3

A lobster in a lobster pot,
A blue fish wriggling on a hook,
Can suffer, oh not half of that
Which I do feel for my Mary Ann,
Which I do feel for my Mary Ann.
Print Song Lyrics
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'For this I am also indebted to James Hill of South Cerney. It is short, if not sweet. Really it is not a bad little song, and the composer was not totally devoid of imagination as is evidenced by the last stanza.'

Note 2

Blue fish is a type of fish caught off the New England coast so this may be American in origin.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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