Fare Thee Well

Rick Hill
Richard Hill


This song is the oldest song on the CD. It was actually written in the early 80's. I wanted a song that would relate some of the tension between what we preach at Christmas and the realities of the human condition. We don't want war. People die in war - friends, loved ones. It is a terrible tragedy. But there is this hopefulness that lingers deep within us - "Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men." Someday, that dream will become a reality.


Fare Thee Well Words and music by Richard Hill Fare thee well, my only darling Fare Thee well, my own true love I must leave my captain’s calling To fight for freedom with my blood. Off he rode into the forest On his steed so gallantly. Sword in hand, he never noticed The tears she cried to see him leave. There she stayed, watched for his coming There she waited for some word. Saw a messenger come running Bearing his shield and his sword. “Sad, my lady, news I bring you Of the battle fought so brave For your love lies in the field’s dew Slain by hate, sent to his grave.” Tears she wept flowed like a river Tears she cried all through the night Songs of Christmas reached her never Though it seemed the forest tried. Angels hovering o’er the woodland Bringing joy, their gift to send Singing songs about the Christ child “Peace on earth, good will toward men.” Copyright © 1979, Richard Hill, Schoharie, NY 12157