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Lyr Req: songs of parting

30 Nov 06 - 08:26 AM (#1896447)
Subject: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: fogie

Come all ye! I'm looking for a selection of songs of this ilk, and I won't restrict it to trad folk. I was thinking of such songs as THE PARTING GLASS and ALONG THE ROADS OF TIME and others sprang to mind such as AULD LANG SYNE, LOCH LOMOND as well as (stretching it a bit) LONG MAY YOU RUN -Neil Young, and Abba's WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, although THE WAY OLD FRIENDS DO is more emotionally akin to the original entries. There's GOODBYE TO BARN AND STACK AND TREE from A Shropshire Lad, and ADIEU SWEET LOVELY NANCY. I don't want the songs to be addressed to dead partners, both individuals have to be alive, and I'm not looking for every pop/soul/tamla hit unless it has a sweet melancholy which I think is found in the above examples. Adieu and luck be with ye!


30 Nov 06 - 08:30 AM (#1896450)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Nick

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor


30 Nov 06 - 08:44 AM (#1896459)
Subject: Lyr Add: FOR THE SPECIAL FRIENDS (Iain Mackintosh)
From: eddie1

A great song written by the late Iain Mackintosh is "For The Special Friends!

I've tried to write a song about the things I've seen and done
And the places that I've been to on the way
But I'd need another year and I'd need another beer
To tell you all about those yesterdays.

Ch
It's not the towns I've been to that make my life so fine
It's not the beer, the whisky or the wine
The towns are just the places I go to meet my friends
So this song's for those special friends of mine.

The friends who make me welcome when I come into their home
For home is where I lay my banjo down
Say "Hello Iain glad you're here, have some wine or have some beer
Sit down, take of your shoes and stay around".

Ch

We'll maybe sing a song or two but just if that's the mood
We'll talk of other friends and days gone by
Of the happy times, the sad times, the bad times and the good
And before we say goodnight the bottle's dry.

Ch

I wake up in the morning with some ideas for a song
And put some lines together as I drive
Of how good it was to see you when you opened up the door
And how difficult it is to say goodbye.

Ch

For many of us, Iain was one of "The Special Friends"

Eddie


30 Nov 06 - 09:04 AM (#1896470)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Keith A of Hertford

Love Farewell


30 Nov 06 - 09:06 AM (#1896472)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Keith A of Hertford

Many songs in under "farewell"


30 Nov 06 - 09:30 AM (#1896483)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE NIGHT IS YOUNG (Colum Sands)
From: GUEST,Henryp

Goodnight Song on Blue Murder's No One Stands Alone.

Colin Irwin, in his book "In Search of Albion", drove over the North Yorkshire Moors playing this and wondering if he should choose it for his own funeral!

"Jim Boyes' perfectly-judged Goodnight Song is the perfect closer. Keep the tissues handy." BBC Radio 2 Folk website.


The night is young by Colum Sands
from ALL MY WINDING JOURNEYS

Chorus:
Rest for a while now the night is young
The time is short and the road is long
Tell me a story I'll sing you a song
For tomorrow the road will be calling us on

Don't let your journey be stopped at the start
There are times when your feet have to follow your heart
But the faster you travel the less you can see
And the more that you have the less you can be

Chorus

Look for the house with the smile at the door
Where we sat round the table and danced on the floor
Found warmth at the fire and came back for more
There was grass on the chimney and a lock on the door

Chorus

So let the reel have its turn and the song its refrain
And here's to the day when we all meet again
And long may the sun shine wherever you are
But you'll still need the darkness to show you the stars

Chorus


30 Nov 06 - 09:35 AM (#1896486)
Subject: Lyr Add.: BOUND TO GO (Ian McCalman)
From: bfdk

Here's a candidate :-)

Bound to Go
(Ian McCalman)

We are some lowland travellers and now we must away
It's hello and goodbye are the words that we must say
We might see you in the spring-time when the streams do melt and flow
So come all good people we're all bound to go

Bound to go
Bound to go
So farewell good people we're all bound to go


The road we've come was hard and long from coast to foreign coast
It's hello and goodbye are the words we'll use the most
We might see you in the autumn when the leaves are falling low
So come all good people we're all bound to go

Bound to go
Bound to go
So farewell good people we're all bound to go


We have laughed and danced and sang a bit, our loves have come and gone
It's hello and goodbye are the words that linger on
We might see you in the winter driving through the sleet and the snow
So come all good people we're all bound to go

Bound to go
Bound to go
So farewell good people we're all bound to go


And when journeying days are over and the salt hangs on us all
It's hello and goodbye are the words that we'll recall
And we'll give a thought to a thousand friends all those we've come to know
So come all good people we're all bound to go

Bound to go
Bound to go
So farewell good people we're all bound to go


This is the version that Davy Steele sings on Ian McCalman's CD Singular.

Best wishes,

Bente


30 Nov 06 - 10:19 AM (#1896510)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman

Too numerous to mention...parting songs are a huge dimension of traditional song, literally hundreds stem from every region of Britain and America, let alone Canada, Australia, not to mention non-Anglo-American traditions. A few favorites that come to mind:

The Dawning of the Morning (Irish)
My Dearest Dear (Appalachian, Sharp)
Ten Thousand Mile (Sandburg/Burl Ives)
Farewell to Tarwathie (Scots)
Swansea Town (Welsh)
Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm a-Leavin' Cheyenne (cowboy)
Goodbye, My Honey, I'm Gone (Grant Bros. and others)

Country music's loaded with them. You could start with this and work forward in time:
You've Been a Friend to Me (Uncle Dave Macon and others)

Traditional and modern blues songs would have to be included, a few at random being:
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
Yellow Dog Blues (Sam Collins)
Lost Lover Blues (Lottie Kimbrough)
Leaving Home Blues (Walter Rhodes)
If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down the Road (Skip James)

From folk-rock, a couple of notables:
Who'll Buy Your Chickens When I'm Gone / Paul Clayton's Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons
and the song based on it, Dylan's Don't Think Twice

Clapton's "Layla" is one of the most shattering -- though it may not fit your definition of "parting," that's surely what it's about.

Obviously there are many more, this is just off the top of the head. Bob


30 Nov 06 - 10:24 AM (#1896512)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,Peter Taylor

One of my favourites is Beyond the Distant Hills by Lawrence Dean, recorded by Martyn Wyndham-Read on Oceans in the Sky


30 Nov 06 - 10:34 AM (#1896518)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE GOODNIGHT SONG (from Blue Murder)
From: JennyO

Here's a really nice one that is being used by the fabulous Wheeze & Suck Band as their closing song - it gives me goose bumps. They will be performing at my folk club next week.

The Goodnight Song

(Sung by Blue Murder with Jim Boyes singing lead on their album No One Stands Alone.)

Chorus (after each verse):
So goodnight my friends as the dawn comes pale
And the Eastern wind brings the threat of gale
Keep a hold on hope through the darkest vale
And we'll meet further on down the road

I have travelled far from this island strand
From the icy wastes to the burning sand
Ploughed the raging sea, seen the verdant land
Been at home in a place far away

Many differences but much the same
Though the ways are strange and have different names
But a friendly face breaks a thousand chains
And a smile breaks the lock on the door

We have joined in song, laughed a night away
Swapped out tales of woe, kept the clouds at bay
In the morning clear will be on our way
But we'll meet further on down the road

So lets drink a health to good times gone by
When our spirits soared and we touched the sky
And we'll bid farewell but not goodbye
And we'll meet further on down the road

Chorus:
So goodnight my friends as the dawn comes pale
And the Eastern wind brings the threat of gale
|:Keep a hold on hope through the darkest vale
And we'll meet further on down the road:|


30 Nov 06 - 02:44 PM (#1896742)
Subject: Lyr Add: BIRDS WERE SINGING OF YOU (Carter Family)
From: GLoux

From the Carter Family:

THE BIRDS WERE SINGING OF YOU
       A                        D
Last night the pale moon was shining
A E7
Last night when all was still
A D
I was wandering alone in sadness
A E7 A
Out among the woodland hills.
I heard the birds a-singing
Out among the trees and dew
And all the birds, my darling
Were singing, were singing of you.
               D                   A
Chorus: Were singing, singing of you, my love
E7
Were singing, singing of you
A D
And all the birds, my darling
A E7 A
Were singing, were singing of you.
I think of you in the daytime
I dream of you by night
I wake and wish you were here, love,
And tears are blinding my sight.

The flowers that slumber so sweetly
The stars above the blue
Oh heaven itself, my darling
Is thinking, is thinking of you.

Chorus: Is thinking, is thinking of you, my love
Is thinking, thinking of you
Oh heaven itself, my darling
Is thinking, is thinking of you.

I opened my window so gently
Looked out on the dreaming view
And all the world, my darling
Was sighing, was sighing for you.

Chorus: Was sighing, sighing for you, my love
Was sighing, sighing for you
And all the world, my darling
Was sighing, was sighing for you


Recorded 11/25/30 Memphis, Tn


30 Nov 06 - 02:46 PM (#1896746)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Peace

"So Long, It's Been Good to Know You"


30 Nov 06 - 03:50 PM (#1896816)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: bobad

"He Was A Friend Of Mine"


30 Nov 06 - 04:03 PM (#1896833)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Effsee

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever,
Ae fareweel, alas, forever,
Had we never lov'd sae kindly,
Had we never lov'd sae blindly,
Never met, never parted,
We had ne'er been broken-herted.

R.Burns.


30 Nov 06 - 05:24 PM (#1896904)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,Elizabeth

The emigrant's farewell/ Farewell my love, remember me


30 Nov 06 - 05:43 PM (#1896914)
Subject: Lyr Add: FAREWELL TO LOCHABER
From: OtherDave

Hard to believe this isn't in the DT database. I've copied the lyrics below from those posted on the forum by The Walrus, back in 2001.

I recall a story that Bonnie Prince Charlie, long after Culloden, heard some exiles singing this, and he burst into tears. Probably a legend, but my kind of legend.

Lochaber is a region around Fort William, in the Highlands of Scotland. It includes Moidart, when Prince Charlie landed; Glenfinnan, where he rallied supporters of his father's claim to kingship; Glencoe; and the 'small isles' of Eigg, Rum, Muck, and Canna.

Here's a link to another version of the lyrics, along with a midi and some background:
http://www.contemplator.com/scotland/lochaber.html

FAREWELL TO LOCHABER

Farewell to Lochaber and farewell, my Jean,
Where heartsome with thee, I habe many days been,
For Lochaber no more, Lochaber no more,
We'll maybe return to Lochaber no more.
These tears that I shed, they are all for my dear,
And no' for the dangers attending on war,
Though borne on rough seas to a far bloody shore,
Maybe to return to Lochaber no more.

Though hurricanes rise and rise every wind
They'll ne'er make a tempest like that in my mind.
Though loudest of thunder on louder waves roar,
There's nothing like leaving my love on the shore.
To leave thee behind me, my heart is sair pained,
By ease that's inglorious no fame can be gained,
And beauty and love's the reward of the brave,
And I must deserve it before I can crave,

Then glory, my Jean, maun plead my excuse,
Since honour commands me, how can I refuse?
For without it I ne'er can have merit for thee,
And without thy favour I'd better not be.
I gae then, my lass, tae win honour and fame,
And if I should luck to come gloriously hame,
A heart I will bring thee with love running o'er,
And then I'll leave thee and Lochaber no more.


30 Nov 06 - 05:54 PM (#1896923)
Subject: Lyr Add: THERE'S NEVER A GOOD TIME FOR LEAVING
From: Bert

Here's one of mine

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THERE'S NEVER A GOOD TIME FOR LEAVING

There's never a good time for leaving
There's no good time for goodbye
There's never a good time for leaving
it always makes somebody cry
There's never a good time for leaving

There's never a good time for going
Darling say you won't go
There's never a good time for going
I'll love you for ever I know
There's never a good time for going

Darling don't leave me
Oh tell me you'll stay
stay here beside me
for just one more day
There's never a good time for leaving

There's never a good time for leaving
There's no good time for goodbye
There's never a good time for leaving
it always makes somebody cry
There's never a good time for leaving


30 Nov 06 - 06:50 PM (#1896975)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: oldhippie

"Until We Meet Again" written by Gordon M Edwards, recorded on self titled CD by "Kilkenny Krew" out of StJohns Newfoundland is a good one.


30 Nov 06 - 06:57 PM (#1896982)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,saulgoldie

The Last Thing On My Mind by Tom Paxton
Early Morning Rain by Gordon Lightfoot
and
Leavin on a Jet Plane by John Denver

quickly come to mind.

and
The Urge for Going by Tom Rush
The Leaving of Liverpool by ?? (as sung by Schooner Fare)


01 Dec 06 - 02:51 AM (#1897206)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE OUTSIDE TRACK (Henry Lawson)
From: GUEST,AnneMC

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Check out the thread for "Outside Track" for the background- including lyrics Chalrie Noble left on it.

Subject: RE: Outside Track - Henry Lawson
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 May 03 - 07:17 PM

Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: OUTSIDE TRACK (Henry Lawson)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 08:07 PM

I'm not sure how much I've strayed from Gerry Hallom's tune. I have to admit becoming fascinated with finding fragments of "Roddy McCalley" and "Foggy Dew" embedded in his arrangement and I may have added a few other elements in what I've been doing. I've also done some relatively minor "folk processing" of the verses which look like this:

Words by Henry Lawson, 1896; original tune by Gerry Hallom © 1982
Primarily from the singing of Margaret Walters and John Warner,
Who Was Here?, Feathers & Wedge © 1997
Words and tune modified by Charlie Ipcar, 2002
Key: F (C/5)

The Outside Track

G----------D----------Em------------D--------G
There were ten of us there on that moon-lit quay
-----D-----------A--D--G
And one on the for'ard hatch;
----D---------Em---------D------------G
No straighter man to his mates than he,
----D---------G---D-A
No one could be his match;
-------------D----G—D--------------------G--D
"'Twill be long, old man, 'fore our glass-es clink,
----------------------------------------A
'twill be long 'fore we grasp your hand!"
----------D--------------Em----------D----G
Then we dragged him ashore for a final drink,
---------D------------A---------------G
Till the whole wide world seemed grand.

Chorus:
G--------D-----G----D------------------G----D
For they marry and go, as the world rolls back,
---------------------------------A
They marry and vanish and die;
-----------D-----------Em---------D-------G
But their spirit shall live on the outside track,
---D------------A-------G
As long as the years go by.

The port-lights glowed in the morning mist
That rolled from the waters so green;
And over the railing we grasped his fist
As the dark tide came between;
We cheered the captain, we cheered the crew,
And our own mate, times out of mind;
We cheered the land he was going to,
And the land he'd left behind. (CHO)

We roared Lang Syne as a last farewell,
But me heart seemed out of joint;
I well remember the hush that fell
As the steamer cleared the point;
We drifted home through the public bars,
We were ten times less by one,
Who'd sailed out under the morning stars,
Into the rising sun. (CHO)

And one by one, and two by two,
They've sailed from the quay since then;
I've said good-bye to the last I knew,
The last of the careless men;
And I can't but think that the times we had
Were the best times after all,
As I turn aside, raise my glass,
And drink to this bar-room wall. (CHO)

An MP3 sample of how I'm doing this can be accessed from my personal website: Charley Noble Personal Website
Cheerily,
Charley Noble


01 Dec 06 - 03:01 AM (#1897216)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Georgiansilver

"The Parting Glass"


01 Dec 06 - 04:14 AM (#1897245)
Subject: Lyr Add: HERE IS MY HOME (Si Kahn)
From: JennyO

This is a special one I like to sing near the end of a session:

HERE IS MY HOME
(Si Kahn)

Good friends from whom we now must part,
Where are we bound?
Your hands and voices lift my heart;
Here is my home.

CHORUS:
Come darkness, come light
Where are we bound?
Come morning, come night
Here is my home.

For those who work in harmony,
Where are we bound?
Can learn to live in unity;
Here is my home.

If we can join ourselves in song,
Where are we bound?
Our hearts will live when we are gone;
Here is my home.

The spirit that finds music here
Where are we bound?
Will sing forever in the air
Here is my home.


01 Dec 06 - 05:29 AM (#1897278)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,fogie

I can see there are some very appropriate songs here, so thank you all. I should have thought of ae fond kiss,and the songs mentioned by saulgoldie, and have remembered The road to drumleman, and In the Shanendoa Valley. The words above miss so much when parted from the music, and its difficult to feel how melancholy they might be, however Ill take note of the titles and the artists recordings, and hope to make their aquaintance along the road. Many thanks so far.


01 Dec 06 - 07:57 AM (#1897341)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: The Walrus

"Here to the Next to Die",
"Farewell Shanty",
"Goodbye-ee"
"The Highlanders' Farewell to Sicily"

Any use?

W


01 Dec 06 - 08:59 AM (#1897400)
Subject: Lyr Add: KEEP YOU IN PEACE (Sarah Morgan)
From: Saro

Here's one of mine to add to your store (chorus inspired by a Celtic blessing):

^^ KEEP YOU IN PEACE
© Sarah Morgan 1992

Warm be the sun that shines upon you
Soft be the winds as they breathe on you
Smooth be the roads that rise before you
Keep you in peace till we meet again.

May you have shelter in storm to hide you,
May you have stars in the night to guide you
May you have ever a friend beside you,
Keep you in peace till we meet again.

Warm be the sun that shines upon you
Soft be the winds as they breathe on you
Smooth be the roads that rise before you
Keep you in peace till we meet again.

May you not lack for good bread to feed you,
May you not lack for good hope to speed you,
And for your singing, a heart to heed you,
Keep you in peace till we meet again.

Warm be the sun that shines upon you
Soft be the winds as they breathe on you
Smooth be the roads that rise before you
Keep you in peace till we meet again.
Keep you in peace till we meet again.


Best wishes
Sarah


01 Dec 06 - 09:13 AM (#1897416)
Subject: Lyr Add: GO OFF ON YOUR WAY (Ronnie MacEachern
From: OtherDave

One of the most poignant songs of departure I know is Ronnie MacEachern's elegaic "Go Off on Your Way." Here's what he says about it himself, in "The Cape Breton Song Collection" (1985):

    ...I was saying...how I was never, never going to leave Cape Breton, and that they could never drive me out, and all this kind of thing. But she said, 'Well, you're in a different position, Ronnie. You don't have six kids and no job; you're not being forced to leave...' "


So he decided to write a song with actual people's names in it. The verses are filled with them, interwoven with the chorus:

Here's a song now for the Andersons
For the Abbasses and the Arsenaults
For the Anthonys and the Annestys,
For the Archibalds and the Atkinsons.

Go off on your way now
And may you find better things
Don't wait around till you have no fare to leave.
All the best if you're staying
All the best if you should choose to leave
Here's to kindness on your journey
Here's to joy in your new home.


He remembers forty or more family names on his way to the last three verses -- the first of which smiles as what might be the most common Cape Breton name:

...Let's tie one on now for the MacIntyres,
The MacLeods and the MacInnises,
The MacEacherns and the MacDougalls,
The MacDonalds and the MacDonalds...and the MacDonalds

And with each sunset, they'll be leaving
When it rises, some return again
Just one penny for each broken heart
I'd surely be a millionaire

If I said your name, I apologize
If I left you out, I apologize
Keep on singing if you're up to it
Good luck with X, Y, and Z...


You can hear Ronnie sing the chorus in this Real Audio clip from the CD Cape Breton by Request, Volume 1.

(As you might guess, I too am part of the Cape Breton diaspora)
Somehow this brought to mind Ronnie MacEachern's Cape Breton Island elegy, "Go Off on Your Way." If memory serves, this appeared in one of the first versions of the revue, "The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton." Lyrics and music appear in "The Cape Breton Songbook,"


01 Dec 06 - 10:00 AM (#1897456)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: JennyO

I don't think anyone's mentioned this one yet - in the Digitrad:

HEALTH TO THE COMPANY


01 Dec 06 - 10:29 AM (#1897481)
Subject: Lyr Add: ONE MORE SONG
From: jiva

One of ours too...

We quite often finish with this one.. There's an mp3 snippet on our website at:
http://www.jiva.co.uk/songs/onemore.htm

One More Song
© jiva 2004

One more story to be told – one more song to sing
One more drink before we go – one more song to sing
   One more tear, one more smile
   Who knows what tomorrow may bring?
One more drink before we go – one more song to sing

Now the day is at an end – one more song to sing
Friends will always meet again – one more song to sing
   One more tear, one more smile
   Who knows what tomorrow may bring?
Friends will always meet again – one more song to sing

When you need some company – one more song to sing
Keep this in your memory – one more song to sing
   One more tear, one more smile
   Who knows what tomorrow may bring?
Keep this in your memory – one more song to sing
   One more tear, one more smile
   Who knows what tomorrow may bring?
Keep this in your memory – one more song to sing
One more song to sing
One more song to sing


01 Dec 06 - 11:05 AM (#1897508)
Subject: Lyr Add: HERE'S TO YOU (Alan Bell)
From: GUEST,Henryp

HERE'S TO YOU
(When first we met)
Written by Alan Bell of The Taverners, Fylde Folk Festival, Folkus and so much more.
Recorded by Cathie Ryan and Niamh Parsons amongst others.

When first we met complete awkward strangers.
We did not know if we could be friends.
How soon we came for to know each other,
And now I know we will meet again.

Chorus:
So here's to you, and our time together.
I will share with you a parting glass,
And bid adieu with some smile and laughter,
Our time apart will be short, and pass.

We've talked of dreams and of new tomorrows,
Of yesterday and its dark despair.
We've had our share of love and sorrow,
And now we part as friends who care.

A long, long road well it lies before me,
And fate will meet me where it will,
And through the valleys and over mountains,
I will not forget but remember you still.


01 Dec 06 - 11:51 AM (#1897554)
Subject: Lyr Add: PARTING WALTZ (Wallace "Cheese" Reed)
From: Scoville

This is a bit clumsy without the music but the Red Stick Ramblers' cover is played on two fiddles and the arrangement alone, without the words, would break your heart:

PARTING WALTZ
words and music by: Wallace "Cheese" Reed

Hey, chèrie mais moi je croyais tu serais venue
Oh, bébé, il n'y a pas longtemps mais rencontrés
Rencontrés à la maison mais comme les vieux temps chèrie
Moi, je croyais tu serais venue avant longtemps
Hey, bébé, tu ne me rencontres pas à la maison
Comme d'habitude, ça chèrie, il n'y a pas longtemps, mais malheureuse
Un jour va venir tu vas venir, tu seras trop tard, chère mignon
Moi je ne croyais pas t'aurais fait ça avec ton neg chère bébé

Hey Bébé I thought you would have come
It hasn't been long since we last met
Hey Bébé, you're not coming to meet me at the house
As usual, it hasn't been long, but it's unfortunate
We met at the house like the old days
I thought you would have come by
The day is going to come when you will come- you'll be too late, dear cute one
I didn 't think you would have done that to your old boy, dear Bébé


01 Dec 06 - 11:51 AM (#1897555)
Subject: Lyr Add: SLÁN ABHAILE
From: OtherDave

And speaking of Cathie Ryan, I've always thought it'd be terrific for her to sing a duet with Willie Nelson. I'd like to hear their voices blend in yet another parting (or perhaps parted) song, Slán Abhaile

The sun is down, the moon is blue
I think they know that I'm missing you
But time will heal this heartfelt pain
As soon as I see you again...

Slán abhaile, slan go foill
Beidh mo chroi seo briste gan thú a stór
Nó go gcasfad arís orainn
Éist is bí ag smaoineamh
Ar an gceol 'tá ag teacht
Ó mo chroi seo amach


Safe home, good luck
This heart of mine will be broken without you, my love
Until we meet again
Listen and be thinking
On the music that is coming
From the depths of my heart


01 Dec 06 - 07:00 PM (#1897899)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: 8_Pints

Raise a Glass [Linda Kelly] recorded by Hissyfit on their "Sweet Minerva" CD - written by some special people!

Bob vG


01 Dec 06 - 07:21 PM (#1897912)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: slowerairs

Would suggest NOW IS THE HOUR The Maori Farewell Song.


01 Dec 06 - 08:34 PM (#1897959)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Susan of DT

There are 260 songs labelled with the key word "parting" in the Digital Tradition


02 Dec 06 - 11:15 AM (#1898320)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST

Going To The West - sung most beautifully by Kate Brislin and Jodi Stecher.


23 Sep 19 - 07:45 PM (#4010115)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Lighter

Re "Farewell to Lochaber":

James Anthony Gardner, Recollections, ([Ms. 1836;] (London: Navy Records Society, 1906), p. 5, ref. to 1775:

        “[Charley] Buchan [purser of HMS Boreas] got up and, flourishing the carving knife, sang with a voice of thunder, ‘Farewell to Lochaber,’ which made the landlord back out as if he had been at the levee.”


23 Sep 19 - 07:53 PM (#4010117)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,mrgrtt123

We said that it would last, but how come it's the last time?

Last Time by The Script, this is their latest song.


24 Sep 19 - 03:49 AM (#4010157)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Jack Campin

I don't think "Now Is The Hour" is Maori, it's a generic New Zealand one.

They used to have a nice ritual when the departure was by ship. People on the ship would biff toilet rolls down to the quay holding the end, so there were hundreds of streamers held at each end. They'd all sing "Now Is The Hour" as the ship moved off and broke the TP. Did that for my grandma at Auckland quayside after she'd come over for my graduation in 1971.

My favourite farewell songs are Scottish ones not mentioned yet: "We're No Awa Tae Bide Awa" and "Happy We've Been A Thegither".


24 Sep 19 - 04:08 AM (#4010165)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

One worthy of consideration is "Time to call this night a day", written by Pete McNab, that we used to end the evening for Hen's Teeth concerts.

Robin


24 Sep 19 - 05:40 AM (#4010181)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: David C. Carter

"Talk to me of Mendocino".

Kate McGarrigle.

Since Kate left us,sadly,I find it hard to listen to now.


03 Dec 19 - 08:17 PM (#4022158)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: FreddyHeadey

'Absent Friends'
by His Worship and the Pig
Dave Boulton(words) and Jeff Parton(tune)
chorus
'Come raise your glass and drink to absent friends
As the door behind us closes and another day begins
Think of the ones we've loved and lost who'll never come again
Come raise your glass and drink to absent friends.


03 Dec 19 - 08:58 PM (#4022164)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,Starship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpQwnyyqULY

George Formby had this one about parting.


03 Dec 19 - 10:11 PM (#4022165)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,Gerry

That's No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen).
Changes (Phil Ochs).
Boots of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan).
For Lovin' Me (Gordon Lightfoot).
Coming of the Roads (Billy Edd Wheeler, recorded by Judy Collins and others).

Yes, I am a child of the 60s – how did you know?


04 Dec 19 - 12:14 AM (#4022168)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: gillymor

Going to the West


04 Dec 19 - 04:23 AM (#4022183)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: FreddyHeadey

^^^ Dec 3rd online & lyrics

'Absent Friends'
by His Worship and the Pig
Dave Boulton(words) and Jeff Parton(tune)

CHORUS:
Come raise your glass and drink to absent friends
As the door behind us closes and another day begins
Think on the ones we’ve loved and lost who’ll never come again
Come raise your glass and drink to absent friends

Here among this company convivial and bright
Almost everyone has someone that they wish were here tonight
If the chair beside you’s empty or the bed beside you’s cold
If there’s arms you long to rest in or a hand you want to hold

It may be a long lost lover or a father’s guiding hand
Or a comrade left forever in some far-off foreign land
That certain special someone that you think of every day
The one you always turned to when the others turned away

It’s the match that can’t be argued, it’s the joke that can’t be shared
The quiet conversations though you know nobody’s there
A hunger food won’t satisfy, a wound that can’t be healed
A past that’s not forgotten and a future not revealed

Well it’s time to go our sep’rate ways, it’s almost time to part
But we carry all the special ones forever in our hearts
So banish all the fears and the failures from your mind
Just look toward the future now and join me one last time

© 2000 His Worship & the Pig

https://david-boulton.co.uk/songs/absent-friends/


04 Dec 19 - 09:08 AM (#4022213)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,johnmc

Robin Williamson's " Farewell Sweet Mally " is a lovely song.


04 Dec 19 - 09:39 AM (#4022218)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: leeneia

Think on Me by Lady John Scott
Smile the while or Smile Awhile You kiss me sad adieu


04 Dec 19 - 07:29 PM (#4022300)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Tattie Bogle

"Tak a dram afore ye go" by Iain Sinclair. (Of the group Mirk).
"Green grow the Laurels".
"Farewell to Fuinary".
"Leaving of Liverpool"


05 Dec 19 - 12:13 PM (#4022314)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Dennis the Elder

Not sure if any of the following have been mentioned.
I have been know to sing all but one (not very well) but never even tried the last mentioned classic
The Green Fields of Goats Dobhair or Weedore (Performed by Clannad)
Leaving Nancy (Eric Bogle)
Amelia ( John Tams)
Will I see Thee More (John McCusker and John Tams)
Farewell (Robbie Burns)
Farewell to Anzac (Cicely Fox Smith)


05 Dec 19 - 05:13 PM (#4022359)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: Georgiansilver

Oleasde watch this all the way through//// gets me everytime.... =TheHigh Kings performing 'The Parting Glass'      https://youtu.be/XhJp0W0ku2w


07 Dec 19 - 12:10 PM (#4022632)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"

Our version of "Epilogue" can be heard on our website. elsiesband.com Extras Page.


07 Dec 19 - 08:32 PM (#4022718)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of parting
From: The Sandman

A vale of tranquillity, as the curtain comes down
The stars brightly greet us as the silence surrounds
each song that we sang fond memory records
Like the stars in the night sky ,all of one accord.
Chorus, Farewell my friends once more
As the night gets spent and our voices blend
Farewell my friends once more
2. The hours quickly passing nowthe fire gets low
The embers still glowing as we stir up the coals
So we sang the last song ,each chorus a bond
In harmony united all singing one song
3.The fiddler cast spells as she bowed away time.
We drank down the music far stronger than wine.
But the memories live on from the chalice of song
Of this night spent together before we move on
4.united together combining as one
Let us part in agreement, trough the power of song
All people in peace our voices concord
Like the stars in the night sky all of one accord