Trad Tuesday: Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy performed by Mick McAuley and Winifred Horan
Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy is one of the best-known songs from the repertoire of the Copper Family. It was published in the first issue of the Journal of the Folk Song Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, in 1899, and is printed in The Copper Family Song Book and in Bob Copper's book, A Song for Every Season. Bob and John Copper sang it on their 4 LP box set of 1971, A Song for Every Season, that accompanied the book and Jill and Jon Copper sang it on the first Coppersongs LP.
Adieu sweet lovely Nancy Ten thousand times adieu I am bound to cross the ocean To seek for soemthing new Come change your ring with me dear girl Come change your ring with me That it might be a token of true love When I am on the sea
And now that I am on the sea I know not where I am Kind letters I will write to you From every foreign land The secrets of my mind fine girl The best of all goodwill So let your body be where it is My heart will be with you still
There's a heavy storm arising See how it gathers round While wepoor souls on the ocean wide Are fighting for the crown Our officer commands us And it's him we must obey Expecting every moment For to get washed away
There are tinkers tailors shoemakers Lie snoring asleep While we poor souls on the ocean wide Are ploughing through the deep There's no-one to defend us love And keep us from the cold On the ocean wide where we must bide Like jolly sailors all
And now the wars are over They'll be peace on every shore We'll drink to our wives and our children And the girls that we adore We'll call for liquor merrily And spend our money free And when our money is all gone We'll boldly go to sea