MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Mother’s Last Good-Bye

Tom Findlay NFLD 2 Tape 16 Track 3
St.Shott's Audio:
Ballad


LEACH: All right let her go
TOM: I’ll hold on to that
(Sings)

When I was a youngster I though I’d like to roam
Like many other foolish lads I had no thoughts of home
The kind old folks around me who thought so much of me
I left my happy homestead and went away to sea

My father as we parted said my lad be kind and true
My prayers each night will be to God to keep watch over you
My mother she could scarcely speak but still I went away
She threw her arms around me and this to me did say

Chorus:
Good-bye God bless you Charlie lad wherever you may roam
Let no false pride make you forget your loving ones at home
Good-bye God bless you darling son how sadly she did cry
While I have breath I’ll never forget my mother's last good-bye

Next day I started out for sea to a land far, far away
To toil beneath a burning sun for many's a weary day
And as l gained a wish for gold ofttimes rang in my ears
The news l hear from home from my kind old father dear

My mind flew back to England a land far o'er the sea
Where many's a glad and blithesome heart were filled with joys of me
Of home and kindred I should think with many's a hearty sigh
My father's kind and loving words my mother’s last good-bye

Chorus:
Good-bye God bless you Charlie lad wherever you may roam
Let no false pride make you forget your loving ones at home
Good-bye God bless you darling son how sadly she did cry
While I have breath I’ll never forget my mother's last good-bye

At length my days of trouble passed and l had gold in store
But with a glad and lightsome heart l sailed for home once more
And as the good ship bore me across the sparkling foam
I counted eve'ry day and night, which brought me nearer home

But all in vain it was too late my parents they were dead
My gold it held no joys for me, my joys they were all fled
Of home and kindred l should think with many's a hearty sigh
My father's kind and loving words my mother's last good-bye

Chorus:
Good-bye God bless you Charlie lad wherever you may roam
Let no false pride make you forget your loving ones at home
Good-bye God bless you darling son how sadly she did cry
While I have breath I’ll never forget my mother's last good-bye


Notes


Text: A young man sets to sea in search of his fortune.   He often remembers his parents' kind words before his departure.   Eventually he returns home a rich man to find his parents dead and no comfort in his gold.

Tune: The text form is verse, verse, chorus.   The last word is spoken. Speaking, instead of singing a final word or phrase is generally thought to indicate Irish influence on the singer or song. The meter is 4/4. The key is D-flat major with a range of a major 9 th from D-flat to E-flat.

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