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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAdieu my lovely Nancy Music Note (Music Score Available)
Roud No.165
Collected FromShears, Charles
Collected ByGardiner, G B
Alternative Title
TuneGardiner, G B
Source PrimaryGeorge B. Gardiner MSS (VWML) Wt 1430
Source SecondaryMorrison, Jean: Wiltshire folk song, 1981
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Adieu my lovely Nancy, ten thousand times adieu.
I'm a going to cross the ocean, for to seek for something new.
Come change a ring with me, my love, come change a ring with me,
And that shall be a token when I am on the sea.
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G B Gardiner - 'Charles Shears, 85, Salisbury Union [workhouse], August, 1909.

Note 2

Jean Morrison - 'Charles Shears [1825 - 1914] was born at Winterslow, Wiltshire, of a family of woodsmen and labourers. The most celebrated of the family was Lydia Shears, a reputed witch who could turn herself into a hare. She was eventually shot and killed with a silver bullet.'

Note 3

Chris Wildridge - 'The notebook containing the text is missing. The above is from the music manuscript.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2008

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