“Forget You I Never May”


"Fare thee well, for once I loved you Even more than tongue can tell, Little did I think you'd leave me, Now I bid you all farewell." The singer tells how (s)he loved him, asks why he is unkind, and ends, "I'll forgive you, But forget you I never may."


Roud links this with a large number of other lost-but-not-forgotten love songs. In most cases, however, the link seems more thematic than textual. - RBW

To me this reeks of a Victorian parlor-song origin. I expect the sheet music to turn up any day now. - PJS

Cross references


  • Buell Kazee, "You Are False But I'll Forgive you" (Brunswick 217, 1928/Supertone S-2047, 1930)


  1. Randolph 737, "Forget You I Never May" (1 text)
  2. BrownII 154, "You Are False, But I'll Forgive You" (3 texts)
  3. Roud #460
  4. BI, R737


Alternate titles: “You Were False”; “Fare Thee Well”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (Brown)
Keywords: love betrayal farewell
Found in: US(SE,So)