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The Last Farewell

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(Whittaker / Webster)

 

Information:

The Last Farewell was written by Roger Whittaker and R. A. Webster and recorded by Whittaker in 1975. His recording (RCA PB-50030) reached #19 on the Hot 100 chart.

 

Reportedly, Barbara Bonner, onetime girlfriend of Elvis's, persuaded him to record The Last Farewell, which he did on the night of February 2-3, 1976, at Graceland.

 

Lyrics:

 

There's a ship lies rigged and ready in the harbour
Tomorrow for old England she sails
Far away from your land of endless sunshine
To my land full of rainy skies and gales
And I shall be aboard that ship tomorrow
Though my heart is full of tears at this farewell

1. For you are beautiful, I have loved you dearly
More dearly than the spoken word can tell
For you are beautiful, I have loved you dearly
More dearly than the spoken word can tell

I've heard there's a wicked war a-blazing
And the taste of war I know so very well
Even now I see the foreign flag a-raising
Their guns on fire as we sail into hell
I have no fear of death, it brings no sorrow
But how bitter will be this last farewell

1. (repeat)

Though death and darkness gather all about me
And my ship be torn apart upon the sea
I shall smell again the fragrance of these islands
And the heaving waves that brought me once to thee
And should I return  safe home again to England
I shall watch the English mist roll through the dale

1. (repeat)


Where it was released:

First released on From Elvis Presley Boulevard 
 
LPs/CDs:
- From Elvis Presley Boulevard (1976) 
- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)
- The Jungle Room Sessions (2000) - FTD 
- Our Memories of Elvis, Volume 1, 2 & 3 (2012) - FTD 
- From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (2012) - FTD 
 

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