Farewell My Lilly Dear
 


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Stephen Collins Foster, 1826-1864, “Farewell My Lilly Dear,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed May 16, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31508.


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Title

Farewell My Lilly Dear

Description

One leaf handwritten in black ink on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner was folded into the laminate. There is a minor tear at the right upper edge. There is a moderate tear hole at the middle lower edge. The informant citation is located at the lower right corner.

Subject

Popular music -- United States Farewells -- Songs and music Love -- Songs and music Slavery, United States -- Songs and music

Creator

Stephen Collins Foster, 1826-1864

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created

5/8/2007

Contributor

I. G. Greer

Rights

The images and audio files contained in the "So Mote It Ever Be: The Folksong Heritage of North Carolina's Northern Blue Ridge Mountains" collection are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. I. G. Greer/W. Amos Abrams Manuscript Files Series, Folksong Files Subseries. W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Special Collections. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC). Any commercial use of the materials without the written permission of Appalachian State University is strictly prohibited. Please contact the Appalachian State University W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection with specific questions or with requests for further information.

Format

pdf

Language

English
English

Type

Manuscript

Transcription

Lily Dear

Oh Lily dear it grieves me
The tale I have to tell
Old master sends me roaming
So Lily fare you well
Oh fare you well my true love
Farewell old Tennessee
Then let me weep for you love
But do not weep for me

Chorus –
Farewell forever to old Tennessee
Farewell my Lily dear don’t weep for me

II

I’me going to roam this wide world
In lands I’ve never hoed
With nothing but my Banjo
To cheer me on the road
For when I’me sad and weary
I’ll make the banjo play
To mind me of my true love
When I am far away

Chorus –

III

I wake up in the morning
And walk out on the farm
And Lily am a darling
She takes me by the arm
We wander through the clover
Down by the river side
I tell you her that I love her
And she must be my bride

Chorus –

IV

Oh Lily dear its mournful
To leave you here alone
You’ll smile before I leave you
And weep when I am gone
The sun can never shine love
So bright for you and me
As when I worked beside you
In good old Tennessee

Chorus

Sue Campbell Jan. 2, 1920
copied from Mrs. R. E.
Barnes ballad

Classification Title

Farewell My Lilly Dear

Document Title

Lily Dear

Informant

Ruth Emeline Jones [Mrs. R. E. Barnes], 1834-1924

Informant Note

Ruth Barnes grandmother of Sue Campbell

Collector

Sue Campbell, 1897-1968

Collector Note

Her ballad collection from the William B. Jones family of Taylorsville, NC is in the UNC Chapel Hill library

Geographic Location

Taylorsville, Alexander County, North Carolina

Alternate Geographic Location

Lawrenceville [Pittsburgh], Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Associated Date

1920-01-02

Dimensions - Original

215 mm x 282 mm

Upload Date

2013-09-26

File name

113_FarewellMyLillyDear

Transcription Date

2006-07-25

Transcribed By

Paul L. Robertson

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