Leaving Nancy lyrics

by The Fureys

In comes the train and the whole platform shakes 
It stops with a shudder and a screaming of brakes 
The parting has come and my weary soul aches 
I'm leaving my Nancy, oh 

But you stand there so calmly determinedly gay 
And you talk of the weather and events of the day 
But your eyes tell me all that your tongue doesn't say 
Goodbye my Nancy, oh 

And come a little closer 
Put your head upon my shoulder 
And let me hold you one more time 
Before the whistle blows 

My suitcase is lifted and stowed on the train 
And a thousand regrets whirl around in my brain 
And the ache in my heart is a black sea of pain 
I'm leaving my Nancy, oh 

And you stand there so calmly so lovely to see 
But the grip of your hand it's an unspoken plea 
You're not fooling yourself and you're not fooling me 
Goodbye my Nancy, oh 

And come a little closer 
Lay your head upon my shoulder 
And let me hold you one more time 
Before the whistle blows 

But our time has run out and the whistle has blown 
And here I must leave you standing alone 
We had so little time and now the time's gone 
Goodbye my Nancy, oh 

And as the train starts gently to roll 
And as I lean out for to wave and to call 
I see your first tears trickle and fall 
Goodbye my Nancy, oh 

And come a little closer 
Put your head upon my shoulder 
And let me hold you one more time 
Before the whistle blows

And come a little closer 
Lay your head upon my shoulder 
And let me hold you one more time 
Before the whistle blows 

And let me hold you one more time 
Before the whistle blows 

Song Details

Leaving Nancy

Composer & Lyricist: Eric Bogle... more

Brief: This is one of the first songs written by Eric Bogle in relation to his parents. It tells of the day he left his home to emigrate to Australia and saying farewell to his mother Nancy at a train station... it was to be the last time he saw her.

Category: Folk Song - Emigration

Popular Recording Artists: The Fureys (featured), The Dubliners, George Donaldson, Ronnie Drew, John McDermott, Pat Woods, Bruce Davies, Hyland Paddy, Jerry Piper, The Houghton Weavers, The Houghton Weavers, Paddy Reilly...

Logo Leaving Nancy by The Fureys is featured on the album Twenty One Years On.

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