Best of Friends Must Part, The
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "When you lose a loving friend Keep up a cheerful heart, The proverb says that in the end The best of friends must part." The sailor leaves his wife for years; the dying soldier leaves wife and children. Comfort those left behind.
EARLIEST DATE: 1872 (broadside Bod7418 Firth b.27(372))
KEYWORDS: grief farewell home parting separation death nonballad friend husband wife children sailor soldier
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Guigne, pp. 50-51, "The Best of Friends Must Part" (2 texts, 1 tune)
George Hatfield, "Best of Friends Must Part" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Bodleian, Bod7418 Firth b.27(372), "Best of Friends Must Part" ("A subject as in many songs"), Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1872
NOTES: One of Guigne's texts is a fragment: an alternative chorus. - BS
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