“Fare Thee Well, My Dearest Dear”


The singer bids farewell to his love, telling her he must go to sea to obtain riches. She replies that life without him is miserable, so she dresses as a man and accompanies him. A day out of London the ship sinks. She is drowned; he survives to mourn.

Cross references


  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 38, "Fare Thee Well, My Dearest Dear" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1035
  3. BI, VWL038


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904
Found in: Britain(England(South))