A quiet song which was recorded at the Sound Techniques Studios in Summer 1969 with Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol, electric guitar; Dave Swarbrick, violin; Ashley Hutchings, bass and Dave Mattacks, drums. The tune is from the traditional song Willy O'Winsbury. The recording was first released on the Fairport Convention album Liege and Lief and was later collected on the double CD compilation Meet on the Ledge: The Classic Years 1967-1975 and on the Sandy Denny anthologies Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, The Best of Sandy Denny, No More Sad Refrains, and A Boxful of Treasures. An alternative mix (not alternative recording!) of this track was released in 2002 on the Fairport unConventioNal 4CD set.
A live recording from Cropredy 1983 was released on the cassette The Boot - 1983 Fairport Reunion.
A Martin Carthy, voice and guitar, version of Farewell, Farewell to a different tune can be found on his 4 CD anthology The Carthy Chronicles. This recording was overdubbed with Maddy Prior, vocals, David Hidalgo, electric guitar and Robert Lloyd, hammond organ, and then included in the Richard Thompson tribute CD Beat the Retreat, together with the song The Great Valerio performed by Maddy Prior and Martin Carthy.
Please find the lyrics for this song at Richard Thompson's website.