FAREWELL TO TARWATHIE

arr. Mark Sirett

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Hunting for whale off the coast of Greenland and the pain of separation – leaving loved ones across the sea. This is another effective folk song that will endear audiences.

LYRICS

Farewell to Tarwathie, adieu Mormond Hill
And the dear land of Crimmond, I bid you farewell
I’m bound off for Greenland and ready to sail
In hopes to find riches in hunting the whale

Farewell to my comrades for a while we must part
And likewise the dear lass  who first won my heart
The cold coast of Greenland my love will not chill
And the longer my absence more loving we’ll feel

Our ship is well rigged and she’s ready to sail
The crew they are anxious to follow the whale
Where the icebergs do float and the stormy winds blow
Where the land and the ocean is covered with snow

Well the cold coast of Greenland is barren and bare
No seed time nor harvest is ever known there
And the birds here sing sweetly in mountain and dale
But there’s no bird in Greenland to sing to the whale

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