Nova Scotia Farewell
In the summer of 1968 I heard Ian & Sylvia perform this song at Ravina, an outdoor theater north of Chicago (Highland Park - I think). It took us more than 30 years to come up with an arrangement which could equal theirs.
Albums: One More Song/Theiss & O'Connor; Northern Journey/Ian & Sylvia; The First Ten Years/Schooner Fare; From the Archives/Tommy Makem
The sun was setting in the west
The birds were singing on every tree
All nature seemed inclined for a rest
But still there was no rest for me.
Refrain: Farewell to Nova Scotia the sea bound coast
Let your mountains dark and dreary be
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed
Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me?
I grieved to leave my native land
I grieved to leave my comrades all
And my aged parents whom I always felt so dear
And the bonnie, bonnie lass I do adore.
The drums do beat and the wars do alarm
The captain calls we must obey
So farewell, farewell to Nova Scotia's charms
For it's early in the morning I am Far, far away.
I have three brothers and they are dressed
Their arms are folded on their chest
But a pure simple sailor just like me
Must be tossed and driven on the dark blue sea.