Willie tells Maggie he is going to sea and they agree to be true. In some seaport he writes "a girl named Flora bore down on me Fare you well, Maggie darling, across the blue sea.... on me don't depend." She writes "Fare you well, Willie darling...."
Fare You Well, Maggie Darling, Across the Blue Sea Partial text(s) *** A *** From Kenneth Peacock, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, Volume II, pp. 443-444. Sung by Clara Stevens, Bellburns, August 1959. Come all yo good people, I pray you'll attend To a sad lamentation that has happened to me Concerning a fair maiden I thought would be my wife, And I loved her so dearly as the threads of my life. Long time we had courted in the sweet bonds of love, Till at length we went roving in her father's green grove. I said, "Handsome Maggie, I am going to sea, And I hope, Maggie darling, you will prove true to me." (6 additional stanzas)
See Lehr/Best 49, "Heave Away!" - BS