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130          Ballads and Songs of Michigan
42 FAREWELL HE
For texts similar in part to this Michigan hybrid see Combs, pp. 168-169; Eddy, Nos. 152, 161; and the Michigan text "My Love Is on the Ocean," p. 131.
The present version is from the Lambertson manuscript Mr. Charles Lambert-son remembers hearing his mother smg this song.
1   Farewell to cold winter, adieu to white frost;
I'll sit me down and sing, for my old beau is lost. I'll sing and be as merry as a nightingale in May, For I can do without him now he's gone, farewell he.
2   It's many a winter evening we've sat together and chat; But very little better do I like him for all that,
For his tongue it ran so nimble, too nimble for me,
0 I can do without him now he's gone, farewell he.
3   With love in his pocket and a little in his heart, He can keep some himself and give every girl a part. For his love it is as light as the dew upon the lawn; Put it on Sunday night, take it off Monday morn.
4   He is the son of a rich old man,
And I am the daughter of a poor woman;
But for all his wealth and splendor he can keep it for all me,
For I can do without him now he's gone, farewell he.
5   He was the lad that I dearly did love;
1 hope he'll be forgiven by the powers above. And if any like his character and they can agree,
I'll never spoil a marriage; they can have him for all me. Yes, if any like his character and they can agree,
T'll npvpr snnil a marriaw th-v ran have him. farpwpll h#»







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