Kind Friends and Companions
– Trad; arr. Mackinnon, Lyon, Watson (MCPS/PRS)

 

A popular emigrant song, also known as “The Parting Glass” and “Good Friends and Companions”. Versions exist in Robin Morton’s “Folksongs Sung in Ulster” as well as Shields’ “Shamrock, Rose And Thistle”. The last verse of the song is not widely known and can be found in Paddy Tunney’s book “The Stone Fiddle: My way to Traditional Song”.

 

Kind friends and companions come join me in rhyme
And raise up your voices in chorus with mine
Let’s drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again

 

So here’s a health to the company
And unto my lass
Let’s drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let’s drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again

 

So here’s to the wee lass that I love so well
Her style and her beauty there’s none can excel
I smile on her countenance as she sits on my knee
For there’s none in this wide world as happy as me

 

CHORUS

 

My ship lies at harbour, she’s ready to dock
God grant her safe landing without shake or shock
And when we are sailing to the land of the free
I will always remember your kindness to me

 

CHORUS

 

I’ve read that old proverb, I’ve read it so true
My love is as fair as the bright morning dew
I’ve read that old proverb I suppose you have too
So kind friends and companions I bid you adieu

 

CHORUS x2