“Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye”


Hauling shanty, probably Negro in origin. "I'm bound away to leave you, Goodbye, my love, goodbye. I never will deceive you, Goodbye, my love, goodbye." Given verses are all variations on the 'goodbye, farewell, we're bound away' theme.


I thought very seriously about lumping this with "Goodbye, My Lover, Goodbye," given that both have sailor versions and both are weak in the plot department. I'm still not sure, but I haven't seen any actual common lyrics, and the tunes are different. Still, it's hard to be sure about fragments. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Colcord, p. 62, "Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 118-119, "Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 102]
  3. Roud #4709
  4. BI, Hugi118


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1887 (Davis/Tozer _Sailor Songs or Chanties_)
Found in: Britain US West Indies