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The Blyth Sailors's Farewell
Last updated: 02.02.20
The Blyth Sailor's Farewell was written by James Anderson to the tune of Laird o' Cockpen
According to the lyric link given above, the song forms part of a selection of songs from Blyth and Tyneside poems and songs by James Anderson, published in Blyth by J. Fraser, around 1898.
I was introduced to this song when joining the Tyneside Maritime Chorus in 2011 and has since become one of my favourites. It is all about farewells to foreign parts with various cargoes but always returning to Blyth. It has the following rousing chorus which say it all:

Then trusting our vessel to captain and mate,
For health and good fortune, we're subject to fate,
But we'll dare even death on the wide raging main,
And return to Blyth Harbour again and again.

This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook

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