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FAREWELL TO NOVA SCOTIA (Unknown) written prior WW1 1914-18 Gordon Lightfoot 1972 Also recorded by Bonnie Dobson 1972 Great Big Sea Irish Rovers Ian & Sylvia Anne Murray Stompin' Tom Connors Catherine McKinnon Real McKenzies Schooner Fare Wicked Tinkers Battlefield Band Alex Beaton Mitchell and Dusty Keller Donner Party Reunion Moist Oisin Stan Robers Sons of Maxwell Na h-̉ganaich The sun was setting in the west The birds were singin' on every tree. All nature seemed inclined for a rest But still there was no rest for me. Farewell to Nova Scotia, that sea-bound coast That your mountains dark and dreary be. For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me? I grieve to leave my native land I grieve to leave my comrades all And my aged parents who I always held so dear And the bonnie, bonnie lass that I do adore. Farewell Nova Scotia, that sea-bound coast That your mountains dark and dreary be. For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me? The drums do beat and the wars do alarm A captain calls, we must obey. So farewell, farewell to Nova Scotia's charms 'Cause it's early in the mornin' and I'm far, far away. Farewell to Nova Scotia, that sea-bound coast That your mountains dark and dreary be. For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me? I have three brothers and they are at rest Their arms are folded on their breast. Yet a poor simple sailor just like me Should be tossed and driven on the dark blue sea. Farewell to Nova Scotia, the sea-bound coast That your mountains dark and dreary be. For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed Will you ever heave a sigh and wish for me? Farewell Nova Scotia, the sea-bound coast That your mountains dark and dreary be. For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me? (Transcribed by David Story - April 2013)

    


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