“Farval, Farval, Fortjusande Mo (Farewell, Farewell Fascinating Maid)”

Alternate titles: “En Sjoman Alskar Havets Vag”; “Aland Song”
Author: Ossian Limborg (?)
Earliest date: 1888
Keywords: foreignlanguage shanty foc's'le farewell sailor
Found in: Scandinavia

Description

Scandinavian shanty. Sailor saying farewell to his sweetheart. Several sentimental verses about pressing her hand, tender whispers and kisses, etc. Translation of chorus: "Farewell, farewell, fascinating maid, we shall soon return again."

Notes

A note from _Sang under Segel_ says this was written down aboard the barque _Chili_? from Gavle in 1888 by Harold Sundholm, and according to a correspondent in _Svenska Dagbladent_ (5/20/1934) it was written by a captain named Ossian Limborg around 1870. Hugill's source told him it was a very popular song in Finnish ships, but was a forebitter, not sung for work. - SL

This is a rather curious statement, since Finnish is not a Scandinavian or even an Indo-European language. Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are separate languages in name only; they remain largely mutually intelligible and would almost certainly be called dialects if they weren't the languages of different countries. But Finnish is a separte thing. This song could come from Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish -- perhaps even Icelandic. But it's demonstrably not Finnish. - RBW

References

  1. Hugill, pp. 495-497, "Farval, Farval, Fortjusande Mo" (2 texts-Swedish & English, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Hugi495