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Now Our Meeting Is Over / Land on the Shore

[ Roud 5716 ; Ballad Index WA084 ; trad.]

Sandy and Caroline Paton sang Now, My Friends, the Meeting Is Over in 1966 on their Folk-Legacy album Folksongs and Ballads.

The Fagans sang Stand by the Shore on their 2002 CD Turning Fine. They commented in their liner notes:

On a rowdy bus trip after one Victor Harbour Festival, Scott and Louisa Wise from Margaret River in Western Australia taught us this fabulous hymn. We were thrilled to sing it with the whole Wise family at the Canberra National Festival in 2002 and again in the spectacular acoustics of Western Australia's Fairbridge chapel.

Cath and Phil Tyler sang Fathers Now Our Meeting Is Over in 2015 on their EP The Song-Crowned King.

Lady Maisery sang Land on the Shore in 2016 on their RootBeat CD Cycle. They commented:

An American farewell song that may have originally been a Shaker hymn. The tune for our version was collected by Sam P. Bayard of Pennsylvania and was included in John and Alan Lomax's American Ballads and Folk Songs (1934). In the past year, this song has taken on a new relevance for us in light of the huge numbers of displaced people in the world hoping to find a new life on a safer shore.

This video shows Lady Maisery singing Land on the Shore at Downend Folk Club, Christ Church, Downend, Bristol on November 18, 2016:

Lyrics

Lady Maisery sing Land on the Shore

Now my friends, our meeting is over,
Sisters we must part.
And if on Earth we meet no more
I'll keep you in my heart.

Chorus (repeated after each verse):
And we'll land on the shore
And we'll land on that shore
And we'll land on the shore
And be safe forevermore.

Now my friends, our meeting is over,
Brothers we must part.
And if on Earth we meet no more
I'll keep you in my heart.

Now my friends, our meeting is over,
Fathers we must part.
And if on Earth we meet no more
I'll keep you in my heart.

Now my friends, our meeting is over,
Mothers we must part.
And if on Earth we meet no more
I'll keep you in my heart.

Links

See also the Mudcat Café thread Lyr Req: Stand on Shore (from Geoff Kaufman)