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Farewell Ye Banks O' Sicily

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Farewell Ye Banks O'Sicily. Lyrics chords and tune by Hamish Henderson. This song is based on the experences of the writer while he served in Sicily after North Africa during the second world war, he later took part in the invasion of Italy in 1943.Captain Hamish Henderson made a name for himself after the war as a fine poet songwriter and folklorist. He passed away in 2002. The song is sang here by Ryans Fancy who formed in Canada in 1971 and continue to play around Newfoundland and Labrador spreading and keeping the folk tradition alive. The main singer in the band Dermot O'Reilly passed away in 2007

[C]The pipie is dozy the [F]pipie is [C]fey
[C]He wullnae come roon for his vino the [G]day
The [C]sky o'er Messina is [F]unco and [C]grey
[C]And a' the bricht chaulmers are [G]eeri[C]e

[C]Fare[F]weel ye [C]banks o' [Am]Sicily
[F]Fare ye [C]weel ye [G]valley and shaw
There's [C]nae [F]Jock will [C]mourn the [Am]kyles o' ye
[C]Puir bluidy squaddies are [G]weari[C]e
Fare[F]weel ye [C]banks o' [Am]Sicily
[F]Fare ye [C]weel ye [G]valley and shaw
There's [C]nae [F]hame can [C]smoor the [Am]wiles o' ye
[C]Puir bluidy squaddies are [G]weari[C]e

Then doon the stair and line the waterside
Wait your turn the ferry's awa
Then doon the stair and line the waterside
A' the bricht chaulmers are eerie

The drummie is polisht, the drummie is braw
He cannae be seen for his webbin awa
He's beezed himsel' up for a photy and a'
Tae leave wi' his Lola his dearie

Fare ye weel ye dives o' Sicily
Fare ye weel ye shieling and ha'
We'll a' mind shebeens and bothies
Whaur kind signoritas were cheerie
Fare ye weel ye banks o' Sicily
Fare ye weel ye shieling and ha'
We'll a' mind shebeens and bothies
Whaur Jock made a date wi' his dearie

Then tune the pipes and drub the tenor drum
Leave your kit this side o' the wa'
Then tune the pipes and drub the tenor drum
A' the bricht chaulmers are eerie.

This song is also known as "The 51st. Highland Division`s Farewell to Sicily" and is most likely the correct name.

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