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Farewell Nova Scotia
Traditional Canadian Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Performed by Michael Mitchell


This song is available on Michael Mitchell's Canada is for Kids: Volume 1.

 Written just after the First World War, this is a song about being prepared to defend our country

 

The sun was setting in the west
The birds were singing on every tree
All nature seemed inclined to rest
But still there was no rest for me

Farewell Nova Scotia
The sea-bound coast
Let your mountains dark and dreary be
For when I am far away
On your briny ocean tossed
Will you ever heave a sigh
Or a wish for me

I grieve to leave my native land
I grieve to leave my comrades all
And my parents whom I held so dear
And the bonny, bonny lassie
That I do adore

The drums they do beat
And the wars do alarm
The Captain calls, I must obey
So farewell, farewell
To my Nova Scotia home
For it's early in the morning
That I'm far, far away

I had three brothers and they are at rest
Their arms are folded on their chests
But a poor, simple sailor just like me
Must be tossed and driven
On the deep, blue sea

 

 


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Many thanks to Michael Mitchell for permission to publish these lyrics.
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