Jon confesses, “I never got around to learning this, possibly because it seems a bit silly to learn Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy and Farewell Lovely Nancy, but it’s a lovely melody so thought I might as well.”
I’d suggest that Jon picked this up from Tim Hart as it’s his version that he follows, although he credits Tim and Maddy. There isn’t much difference anyway, save for an extra verse confirming the going away again, which seems a little superfluous to the plot and is more of a singers devise for bringing the song to a close. I’m intrigued by this idea of women dressing up as sailors as I think I’ve probably mentioned before. And lest you get any ideas, I simply mean in songs like this, wondering whether there was any truth to it. It seems possibly so, but as it was far from the official position no records are available to confirm it. Also other than songs there are no accounts either. Someone may have researched this a little more than I have time for, so any comments and details to flesh out the story will be duly appreciated. There is this link – worth a look, although it hardly makes it all crystal. Anyway, the hour is late, a pint might soothe a ticklish throat and Mainly Norfolk has plenty to keep you occupied for a while. So after yesterday’s marathon, I’ll keep this one in check.