The Leaving of Liverpool
        Traditional, arr. Theiss & O'Connor; new words: Bill O'Connor, c.2002

This is a British song which was also popular in Ireland.  It seems to have been re-invented in the '60s in the form of "Fare Thee Well" by Bob Dylan.  Originally a song of emigration, we've given it the more hopeful setting of a sailor leaving his girl behind.

Album: One More Song/Theiss & O'Connor;  The First Ten Years/Schooner Fare;  Reunion/The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

Oh, it's fare thee well my own true love
I'm going so far, far away
I'm bound on a clipper ship for Californ'
But I know I'll return some day.

Refrain:
So fare thee well, my own true love,
When I return united we will be.
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee.

I've hired out on a Yankee sailing ship
The Davy Crocket is her name.
We'll sail 'round the tip of South America
Before we head home again.

Refrain

Oh, the sun is rising o'er the harbor, love.
How I wish that I could remain.
For I know, I'll be sailing a long, long time
Before I see your face again.

Refrain

Last refrain:
So fare thee well, my own true love,
When I return united we will be.
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee.
Yes, my darling, I will think of thee.