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The Leaving Of Liverpool

  • (Trad)

            So fare thee well my own true love
            When I return united we will be
            It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
            But my darling when I think of thee

    Fare thee well the Prince's landing stage
    River Mersey fare thee well
    For I'm bound for California
    It's a place that you know right well

    Yes I'm bound for California
    By way of the stormy Cape Horn
    But I know that I'll write to you a letter, my love
    When I am homeward bound

    I have signed on a Yankee clipper ship
    'Davy Crockett' is her name
    And the captain's name it is Burgess
    And they say she's a floating shame

    It's my second time with Burgess in the 'Crockett'
    And I reckon I know him well
    If a man is a sailor he'll get along
    If he's not he is sure in hell

    Fare thee well to Lower Frederick Street
    Anson Terrace and auld Park-ee Lane
    For I know it's goin' to be a long long time
    Before I see you again

    (as sung by The Spinners)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  •  [1966:] Collected and anthologised by William Doerflinger in a book of sea songs, and popularised by (among others) Ewan MacColl. A song of haunting beauty, loaded with place names that appeal to every Liverpuddlian - especially the 'exiles'. (Notes 'Spotlight On The Spinners')

  •  [1968:] In den Tagen der 'Clipper Ships', der Schnellsegler, beherrschte England die See - und Liverpool war einer der größten Häfen Englands. Dies hier ist ein Liverpooler Sea Song aus dem vergangenen Jahrhundert. (Manfred Bonson, notes 'The Best of The Dubliners')

  •  [1977:] Die Brutalität der Vorgesetzten auf den schnellen Klipperschiffen war berüchtigt. Durch den großen Seehafen am Mersey lief ein Großteil des Handels zwischen England und den beiden Amerikas. Tausende von Yankeematrosen kannten Liverpool gut. Viele der berühmten amerikanischen Klipperschiffe waren hier ein gewohnter Anblick. (Kröher 400)

  • [1979:] Bob Dylan adapted this song for his Fare Thee Well, My Darling True. (Loesberg I, 55)


Tune 'The Minstrel Boy'

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