Banks of Sicily (The 51st Highland Division's Farewell to Sicily)

DESCRIPTION: The singer bids, "Fare thee well, ye banks of Sicily. Fare thee well, ye valley and shaw." Members of the 51st division prepare to leave Messina, and Sicily, and the girls they met as they occupied the island
AUTHOR: Words: Hamish Henderson / Music: "Farewell to the Creeks," by Pipe Major James Robertson
EARLIEST DATE: 1972 (DallasCruel)
KEYWORDS: soldier music separation farewell
REFERENCES (1 citation):
DallasCruel, pp. 106-108, "he 51st Highland Division's Farewell to Sicily" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [62 words]: Obviously not a folk song, but I've heard several pop folk recordings, no two alike in their texts. DallasCruel claims that it has entered British military tradition. The claim would be better for evidence, but all that variation in the recorded versions is perhaps enough reason to include it here. Plus the tune is excellent -- I've never heard anyone change that. - RBW
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