The arrangement of this timeless classic Canadian folksong was created for the Canadian Military Wives Choir in Comox, an ensemble of formidable women who originate from all parts of Canada, including Nova Scotia. This song tells the story of a man who adores his homeland and family, but is being called away to war. The beckoning drums and the sound of the waves can be heard. There are solo or small group opportunities in this lilting, upbeat setting.
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.
Farewell to Nova Scotia, the sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be
For when I’m far away, on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?
I grieve to leave my native home
I grieve to leave my comrades all
And my parents whom I hold so dear
And the bonny, bonny lad I do adore.
The drums are beating and the wars do alarm
My captain calls; I must obey
Farewell, farewell, to Nova Scotia’s charm
For it’s early in the morning I am far far away
Cypress makes rehearsal tracks for choirs – here is a demo
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