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This is sung unaccompanied as was traditional.
The True Lovers’ Farewell –Oliver Shuttle (68)  stonebreaker Dundon 20.1.1906 and Mr William King East Harptree.  One of many derived from the root of Burns Red Red Rose. He was a peasant and a poet so good at rewriting folksongs.
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Farewell my joy, my own heart’s delight, I must leave you for a while,
If I go away I’ll come again If I go ten thousand miles.

The crow that is so black ,my dear, Shall change his colour white;
And if ever I prove false to thee The day shall turn to night, my dear, The day shall turn to night.

O don’t you see that milk-white dove A-sitting on yonder tree,
Lamenting for her own true love As I lament for thee, my dear, As I lament for thee?

Suppose the seas should ever run dry Or the rocks should melt with the sun,
Then you an I we’ll never ,never part Until those things are done, my dear, Until those things are done.


from Alison's Ancestors -- Traditional English Folk Songs, track released December 1, 2005
Collected by Cecil Sharp . Alison research,all music and recording.
Another version collected before 1840 in Sussex by Broadwood and maybe from 'The Customs of the Manor'1715.
Sung on Below the Salt by Steely Span (discovered after I sung it.)
The Crystal Spring English Folksongs Collected by Cecil Sharp Edited by Maud Karpeles (original lyrics)
Also One Hundred English Folksongs Edited by Cecil Sharp (Generally cleaned up lyrics for school books). in the early 1900s



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Alison Hull Somerset, UK

Hello ,my name is Alison.
I sing, play guitar,whistle,trombone and hammered dulcimer.
By busking, performing and workshops I pass on songs.
I live in Somerset in southern England where most of my ancestors are from. The Folk singer George Withers was my uncle.
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