“Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939
Keywords: sailor separation
Found in: Britain(England) US(MW) Australia Canada(Newf)


"Adieu sweet lovely Nancy, ten thousand times adieu." The sailor must go over the sea "to seek for something new." He promises (to write, and tells) Nancy that, "Let my body go where it will, my heart will love you still." He hopes for a safe return

Cross references


  1. Eddy 153, (fourth of several "Fragments of Irish Songs")
  2. Peacock, p. 877, "Good-bye My Lovely Annie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 178-179, "Lovely Nancy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Huntington-Whalemen, p. 260, "(Mary's Cot)" (1 text, mostly from this song though the first verse is "The Rose of Allandale")
  6. Roud #165
  7. BI, E153D