Farewell To Spain waltz

Also known as Spanish Ladies.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Farewell To Spain has been added to 1 tune set.

Farewell To Spain has been added to 45 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: Farewell To Spain
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
F2|B2 B2 A2|B4 Bc|d4 cB|A2 F2 FE|F2 B2 A2|B4 Bc|d4 ed|c4 F2|
F2 B2 BA|B4 Bc|d3 e c2|BA F2 FE|F2 B2 BA|B4 Bc|d4 ed|c4 de|
f2 d2 f2|e4 de|f2 B2 Bc|BA F2 B2|A2 F2 E2|D3 E F2|F2 B2 A2|B4 A2|
d2 f2 af|e4 de|f2 B2 Bc|BA F2 B2|A2 F2 E2 |D3 E F2|F2 B2 A2|B4 z2|
2
X: 2
T: Farewell To Spain
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
||F2|F2 B2 A2|B4 Bc|d2 e2 c2|BA F4|-F4 E2|F2 B2 A2|B4 Bc|d2 e2
d2|c6|-c4 F2|F2 B2 BA|B4 Bc|d3 c B2|A2 F4|-F4 E2|F2 B2 A2|B4 bc|
d3 e d2|c6|-c4 de|f2 d2 f2|e4 de|f2 B2 Bc|BA F2 FE|DE F2 B2|A2 F2
E2|D3 E F2|F2 B2 A2|B6|-B4 A2|d2 f2 a2|e4 de|f2 B2 dc|BA F2 FE|
DE F2 B2|A2 F2 E2|D3 E F2|F2 B2 A2|B4 ||
3
X: 3
T: Farewell To Spain
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B2|e2 e2 ed|(e4 e)f|g4 fe|d2 B2 BA|B2 e2 ed|d(e3 e)f|g3 a ag|1f4 e/d/c:|2f4 ga]
b2 g2 b2|a4 ga|b2 e3 f|ed B2 e2|d2 B2 A2|(G4 G)A|B2 e2 d2|e4 d2|
g2 b2 d'b|a4 ga|b2 e2 ef|ed B2 e2|d2 B2 A2 |G3 A B2|B2 e2 ed|e4 z2||
4
X: 4
T: Farewell To Spain
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B,2 | E2 E2 F2 | E4 (EF) | G2 F2 E2 | ED B,2 B,2 | E2 E2 F2 | E3 E F2 | G2 A2 G2 | F4 F2 |
G2 F2 G2 | A2 G2 AA | (BA) G2 E2 | (ED) B,2 BA | G2 E2 E2 | (ED) B,2 A,2 | B,2 G2 F2 | E4 ||
B,2 | E2 E2 F2 | E4 (EF) | G2 F2 E2 | (ED) B,2 B,2 | E2 E2 F2 |E4 F2 | G2 A2 G2 | F4 F2 |
G2 F2 G2 | A2 G2 AA | BA G2 E2 | (ED) B,2 (BA) | G2 E2 E2 | ED B,2 A,2 | B,2 G2 F2 | E6 |]

Nine comments

Farewell To Spain

This is one of the tunes used for the sea-song "Spanish Ladies". The song tune is played with each part only gone through once, but I saw no harm in having each part played through twice in the version I’ve submitted. It shows some of the minor variations possible, and it’s as I played it with others some years ago.
I’m trying to remember one called "Pretty Girl Combing Her Locks", which was a rather similar B-Minor 3/4 tune.

Cannot help but to think of the song and so this ‘doubling-up’ of the parts does nothing for me. It seems a shame to steer away from what is a song tune with much strength and beauty including the ‘minor’ possibilities. Have you ever sung the song, Nicholas?, with a lot of other people including hamonies and sustained notes. I suppose I prefer what I have always known.

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Farewell To Spain

hetty - I take your point. But actually, I still like it in two parts - only played with the odd extra bar, which I didn’t put into the tune I submitted: a case of falling between two stools, I suppose. Here is how I’d actually play it: (extra bars have asterisks above them)

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||F2|F2 B2 A2|B4 Bc|d2 e2 c2|BA F4|-F4 E2|F2 B2 A2|B4 Bc|d2 e2

* *
d2|c6|-c4 F2|F2 B2 BA|B4 Bc|d3 c B2|A2 F4|-F4 E2|F2 B2 A2|B4 bc|

* *
d3 e d2|c6|-c4 de|f2 d2 f2|e4 de|f2 B2 Bc|BA F2 FE|DE F2 B2|A2 F2

*
E2|D3 E F2|F2 B2 A2|B6|-B4 A2|d2 f2 a2|e4 de|f2 B2 dc|BA F2 FE|

*
DE F2 B2|A2 F2 E2|D3 E F2|F2 B2 A2|B4 ||

Farewell To Spain - the system’s playing tricks on me…

I’ve no idea why the asterisks I put above certain bars were banished to the left-hand margin when I submitted the above.

Re: Farewell To Spain

Words for the song (very evocative and English):-
Spanish Ladies - traditional

Farewell and adieu to you Spanish ladies
Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain
For we’ve received orders for to sail for old England
But we hope very soon we shall see you again

Chorus :
We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true British sailors
We’ll rant and we’ll roar across the salt seas
Until we strike soundings in the Channel of Old England
From Ushant to Scilly is thirty-five leagues.

We hove our ship to with the wind at sou’west, boys
We hove our ship to, deep soundings to take
T’was forty-five fathoms with a white sandy bottom
So we squared our main yard and up channel did make.

Now the first land we made was a point called the Deadman
Next Ram Head off Plymouth, Start, Portland and the Wight
We sailed by Beachy, by Fairlee and Dungeness
And then bore away for the South Foreland Light.

Then the signal was made for the grand fleet to anchor
All on the Downs that night for to meet;
Then it’s stand by your stoppers, see clear your shank-painters,
Haul all your clew garnets, stick out tacks and sheets.

Now let every man toss off a full bumper
And let every man drink off a full glass
For we will be jolly and drown melancholy
And here’s to the health of each true-hearted lass.

Farewell To Spain, X:4

This is a good version to which to sing the song (words above).

Re: Farewell To Spain

Thanks Susan: just another of those innocent wee songs we used to sing in primary school, over 60 years ago. Wouldn’t be allowed now, but great to hear any shanty group do it!