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Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy

from Absent Mother by Kirsty Bromley



A Traditional broken token style song.


Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy - Traditional
Arr. Kirsty Bromley

Here’s Adieu, sweet lovely Nancy, ten thousand times adieu,
I am going across the ocean, love, for to seek for something new.
Come change your ring with me, dear girl, Come change your ring with me,
For it might be a token of our true love while I am on the sea.

And when I'm far upon the sea you'll know not where I am.
Kind letters I will write to you from every foreign land.
The secrets of your heart, dear girl, Are the best of my good will,
So let my (your) body be where it might, my heart will be with you still.

There are tinkers, tailors and shoemakers, lie snoring fast asleep,
While we poor souls on the ocean wide are ploughing through the deep.
There's nothing to protect us, love, Or keep us from the cold,
On the ocean wide, where we must fight like jolly seamen bold.

There's a heavy storm arising, see how it gathers round,
Where we poor souls on the ocean wide are fighting for the crown.
Our officers commanded us, And them we must obey,
Expecting every moment for to get cast away.

And when the war is over, there'll be peace on every shore,
We'll return to our wives and our families, and the girls that we adore.
We'll drink our liquor merrily, And spend our money free,
And when the money is all gone - we'll boldly go to sea.


from Absent Mother, released December 9, 2016
Vocals - Kirsty Bromley
Guitar - Nick Hooper
Fiddle - Judith Hooper

Arrangement by Kirsty Bromley

Recorded by
Mickie Taylor at Hats off Studios LIVE with Nick & Judith Hooper in Oxfordshire July 2014 (Tracks 1 & 2)
Alan Smyth at 2 Fly Studios with ‘Anytown’ in Sheffield August 2014 (www.2flystudios.com) (Track 3)

Mixed by Mickie Taylor

Mastered by Nick Cooke

Photography & Artwork by Elly Lucas


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Kirsty Bromley England, UK

Kirsty is a young contemporary folk singer based in Sheffield who draws upon a wide range of traditional music. She has a most disarmingly transparent voice, but also the uncanny and beautiful knack of drawing attention to the song rather than the messenger, by the manner in which she employs it. Her Debut Album 'Time Ashore' features original songs as well as carefully curated folk gems. ... more

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