Author Topic: Add: Farewell Manchester


Posted - 10 Feb 07 - 11:19 am

Farewell Manchester! noble town, farewell!
Here with loyalty ev'ry breast can swell,
Wheresoe'er I roam, Here, as in a home,
Ever, dear Lancashire, my heart shall dwell.

Farewell Manchester! sadly I depart.
Tear-drops bodingly from their prison start.
Though I toil anew, Shadows to pursue,
Shadows vain, thou'lt remain within my heart.

Source: Singing Together, Summer 1951, BBC Publications

From "The National Song Book", Boosey and Hawkes Ltd.

The tune is also used for a well-known Morris, but rather embarrassingly I can't remember which! I leave it to people with more knowledge to disentangle the relationship between the song and the morris dance.

Jon Freeman

Posted - 10 Feb 07 - 01:30 pm

Well I can remember playing it, possibly with Conwy Morris but that's about it. I've a picture of sticks clashing - maybe a border dance??

Malcolm Douglas
Posted - 10 Feb 07 - 08:46 pm

Lichfield, apparently. See Mudcat discussion Farewell Manchester for more on the song and its history.


Posted - 15 Feb 07 - 02:40 pm

"Ring of Bells" from Lichfield, single step, two long sticks

Valerie Bower

Posted - 12 Feb 09 - 04:50 pm

Sang this song at junior school when I was a child and have never forgotten it. Our music teacher's name was Leslie Duxbury. (67 years old)

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