Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy....

Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
(D, 4/4)
Colin to lead:

Adieu, sweet lovely Nancy, ten thousand times adieu.

I am going across the ocean, love, to seek for something new.

Come change your ring with me, dear girl,

Come change your ring with me.

That it might be a token of true love when I am on the sea.

And when I’m far upon the sea you’ll know not where I am.
Kind letters I will write to you from every foreign land.
The secrets of my heart, dear girl,
And the best of my good will.
So let your body be where it might, my heart will be with you still.

There’s a heavy storm arising: see how it gathers round.
While we poor souls on the ocean wide are fighting for the Crown.
There’s nothing to protect us, love,
Or keep us from the cold,
On the ocean wide where we must bide like jolly sailors bold.

There’s tinkers, tailors, shoemakers lie snoring fast asleep,
While we poor souls on the ocean wide are ploughing through the deep.
Our officers commanded us
And then we must obey,
Expecting every moment we may be cast away.

And when the wars are over there’ll be peace on every shore.
We’ll return to our wives and our families and the girls that we adore.
We’ll drink our liquor merrily
And spend our money free,
And when our money it is all gone we’ll boldly go to sea.


St. Anley said...
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St. Anley said...

I am sure that David’s guitar chords reflect the right order in which they are to be played, but they don’t always appear completely in sink with the printed lyrics. May I suggest that you simply watch his fingers.

Ken's guitar chords in the key of G accurately interpret the score for ‘Hard Times of Old England’ as published in The Copper Family Song Book. However, the Mr. Copper (?Bob (RIP)) in the recording seems to be singing in C. You’ll have worked that out anyway.

See more recent post regarding ‘Adieu SWL.’ That D/Bm in line 4 will be Bm for just two beats. (Can you tell that I’ve been on a course in decisiveness?) It makes no difference to the melody played on the concertina, but it would be good to have fretted-instrument players using the same hymn sheet. Heaven knows where Ray will have to put his fingers!

Wasn’t all this a really good idea?!