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Farewell My Friends

[ Roud 15559 ; Ballad Index LxA564 ; trad.]

The shape-note song Farewell My Friends is also known as Parting Friends. Frankie Armstrong learned it from Joan Mills. Both sang it together on Frankie's CD The Fair Moon Rejoices.


Farewell, my friends, I'm bound for Canaan,
I'm trav'ling through the wilderness,
Your company has been delightful,
You, who doth leave my mind distressed.

I go away, behind to leave you,
Perhaps never to meet again;
But if we ever have this pleasure,
I hope we'll meet on Canaan's land.

(repeat verses 1, 2, and 2 again)