Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye
DESCRIPTION: Hauling shanty, probably Negro in origin. "I'm bound away to leave you, Goodbye, my love, goodbye. I never will deceive you, Goodbye, my love, goodbye." Given verses are all variations on the 'goodbye, farewell, we're bound away' theme.
EARLIEST DATE: 1887 (Davis/Tozer _Sailor Songs or Chanties_)
KEYWORDS: shanty farewell separation
FOUND IN: Britain US West Indies
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Colcord, p. 62, "Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, pp. 118-119, "Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 102]
cf. "Goodbye, My Lover, Goodbye" (chorus form)
cf. "Shallo Brown" (similar tune and meter)
NOTES: I thought very seriously about lumping this with "Goodbye, My Lover, Goodbye," given that both have sailor versions and both are weak in the plot department. I'm still not sure, but I haven't seen any actual common lyrics, and the tunes are different. Still, it's hard to be sure about fragments. - RBW
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