Good-Bye My Lover Good-Bye


A capstan chantey from the Great Lakes. The song talks about the part-time sailors on lake schooners who might really have been better off working the fields. This song is one of many parodies based on a Victorian parlour piece called "The Ship Goes Sailing Down The Bay". Full disclosure: This song was actually collected by Ivan Walton from an American sailor in Buffalo, but the lake songs really knew no borders. The fiddle tune in the arrangement here is "Jackie Tar" - the original "Sailor's Hornpipe". The sound file linked below features Ian - vocals and mandolin with Geoff Somers, - guitar, Anne Lederman - fiddle, Geordie Gordon - drums, Denis Rondeau - bass, John Mayberry, Zach Schryer-Lefevbre and Jeff Weed - vocals.

Be sure to check the link below to Walter Lewis' wonderful website "Maritime History Of The Great Lakes".


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Title Good-Bye My Lover Good-Bye
Subject Lakes & Rivers
Year 1880
Locale Southwestern
Keywords chantey Lake Erie Lake Ontario sailor shanty

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