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An example of Tams' theory that "you don't have to tiptoe around songs in a scholarly way. You can wrest what you want from the tradition and watch it spring back into shape." The first three verses of this song, traditional with additional lyrics by John Tams, were used in the Sharpe series. The last is from the BBC Radio 4 production of The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Love Farewell (Trad/Tams)

I thought I heard the Colonel crying
March brave boys there's no denying
Cannons roaring - drums abeating
March brave boys there's no retreating
Love Farewell

If I should fall in far off battle
Cannons roar and rifles rattle
Thoughts fly homeward - words unspoken
Valiant hearts are oftimes broken
Love Farewell

Will you go or will you tarry
Will you wait or will you marry
Would this moment last for ever
Kiss me now and leave me never
Love Farewell

I thought I heard the Colonel crying
March brave boys there's no denying
Cannons roaring - drums abeating
March brave boys there's no retreating
Love Farewell

Oh Judy should I die in glory
In the Times you'll read my story
But I'm so bothered by your charms
I'd rather die within your arms
Love Farewell