Farewell, Farewell (2:36)

Cover of Liege & Lief

From Liege & Lief and 18 other releases

“Farewell, Farewell” was written by Richard Thompson, following the car crash in which his girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn and the band’s drummer Martin Lamble were killed. The tune is from the traditional song Willy O’Winsbury.


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  • way2blues

    just don't know what to say

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • waltmartin

    With an affectation for , and a humble appreciation of (academically unstructured) , Middle English romances and English / Scottish popular ballads , and as it'll be "awhile" before I hear any millenium old roving minstrels , I'll thankfully echo the two year old shout of "coombsm" and the near-year old comments of Prospero_again ... "... it's perfection" . I've read "Willie O Winsbury" (not all seven versions) , but somehow managed to miss the contemporary audio rendition . Despite the olde lexicon / vernacular , Janet , Willie , and the soft ending sound somehow familiar . Any help appreciated . And yeah , I'm pleasantly fixed on Fairport's "Liege and Lief" , and in a haunting sort of way I'm very hard-pressed to find an equal to Sandy's vocals on same !

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • CrispyDragons

    Very pretty.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Prospero_again

    Actually, it is perfect! The playing is wonderful, as is the singing, and it's a beautiful song too. But if you take into account how it fits into place to complete side 1 of Liege & Lief, following the drama of Matty Groves with quiet reflective sadness...it's perfection.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • bicknor

    Well , it is good, but hardly perfection, BILLTHEBEARD,

    6 Feb 2013 Reply

    Ii'll keep on listening to this one, it's perfection ! [2]

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JesseOL

    I can't get the lyrics of Willy O Winsbury out of my head listening to this.

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • yohothemole

    Close to tears - in the local library! Pretending I've got a cold!

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Drazba

    sandy is amazing

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • coombsm

    Just beautiful....what a voice...wish she was still with us now.... the melody is a pinch from the trad ballad "will o willoby" arranged by the great Richard Thompson....check out the original by Anne Briggs

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • semionato

    total and complete masterpiece.

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • JerryZola25


    22 May 2011 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    Off-key I-Am-A-Girl?? Shirley, you jest. Even if it is, it's just a representation of the frailty and imperfection of humanity, but the sound is a representation of what humanity can achieve. Etc

    1 May 2011 Reply
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  • Drazba

    remember having just got the best of CD a few years ago and listening to this when my son came in and told me he was going to Iraq.

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • hairbear36

    Her voice on this song gives me goose pimples

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    Oh you beauty

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
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