Jack Lane's Adieu

DESCRIPTION: "Farewell, sweet America, dear Mary, adieu, Can the gales be auspicious that bears me from you?" He will love her however far away. All parts of the ship remind him of her. He hopes for a speedy return during the watches of the night.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1949 (New York Folklore Quarterly), from the journal of Henry CLay Murdock, who went to sea in 1840
KEYWORDS: love separation sailor
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Harold Nestler, "Songs from the Hudson Valley" (article in _New York Folklore Quarterly_, Volume V, #2, Summer 1949), pp. 31-32, "Jack Lane's Adieu" (1 text)
NOTES [29 words]: The name "Jack Lane" is not used in the song; presumably the title was in the Murdock manuscript. But the New York Folklore article never explains its significance if any. - RBW
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