“Fare You Well, My Darling”


Fare you well, my darling, Oh fare you well my dear, Don't grieve for my long absence While I'm a volunteer." The singer urges the girl not to grieve, though he is traveling far away (to Pensacola). She says she will wait for his return


The Ozark (Belden, Randolph) and North Carolina (Brown) versions of this song aren't absolutely parallel; it's possible that they are separate songs with a lot of parallel words. But given the thematic similarity, it seems reasonable to lump them. - RBW


  1. Belden, pp. 380-381, "Fare You Well, My Darling" (1 text)
  2. Randolph 736, "Fare You Well, My Darling" (1 text)
  3. BrownIII 376, "The Soldier's Farewell" (2 texts)
  4. Roud #3582
  5. BI, R736


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (Belden)
Keywords: love soldier separation
Found in: US(SE,So)