Lyrics

Farewell Shanty (Padstow Farewell)

Maritime-themed Song

Collected by Alan Molyneux and/or Mervyn Vincent

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine.
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne,
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae sported i’ the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Song Notes

Recorded by the Boarding Party. Mervyn Vincent is described as “a Cornwall music traditionalist.” He apparently passed away circa 1979.

There is a spirited discussion on Mudcat Café regarding the origin and veracity of the discovery by Alan Molyneux and/or Mervyn Vincent of this song in a book.

“It’s my song in as much as I found it in a book. And I couldn’t read the music, so I got some bugger  (Alan Molyneux) to tell me the tune. And I was hoping that one day they’d put it on a record ’cause it’s ‘ansome!”

Johnny Collins recorded this on his Travellers Rest collection, and has been further recorded by very many groups.