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Farewell, Parting Lover
61 FAREWELL, PARTING LOVER The following references are to the theme of the song rather than to any other version of the song which, of course, is one of the forms of popular farewell dialogue between a soldier and his sweetheart. Professor Belden in "Balladry in America," Journal, XXV, 9, has a full and interesting comment on this favorite theme and points out that "in most of the printed ballads of the Female Soldier (or Sailor) theme, emphasis is laid upon the contrast between the heroine's tender beauty and the rough offices she must per­form." Professor Belden then quotes a bit of dialogue from the song, "Jack Munro," part of which is almost identical with stanza 7 of A. However, it will be observed that the "heroine" in this case does not accompany her soldier lover. Cf. the samo theme in Campbell and Sharp, No. 5 5; Hudson, No. 40; Wyman and Brockway, p. 38. Mrs.Eckstorm remarks that A is "a unique making over of Jack Munro or The Wars oj Germany"
Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route 15, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929.
1. "So fare you well, my darling, So fare well for a while;
Don't mourn for my long absence While I'm a volunteer.
2. "Since it has been my misfortune A soldier for to be,
Content yourself, my darling, And don't weep for me.
3. "I'm going out in Dixie To tarry for a while;
So far from my own darling, About one thousand miles."
4.  She wrung her little white hands, And so mournful she did cry: "You'll go and be a soldier, And in the war will die.

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