“Fare Thee Well, My Dearest Dear”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904
Keywords: love separation cross-dressing death ship wreck dialog
Found in: Britain(England(South))


The singer bids farewell to his love, telling her he must go to sea to obtain riches. She replies that life without him is miserable, so she dresses as a man and accompanies him. A day out of London the ship sinks. She is drowned; he survives to mourn.

Cross references


  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 38, "Fare Thee Well, My Dearest Dear" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1035
  3. BI, VWL038