Farewell to Childhood

1st January, 1989
(Words © Talis Kimberley and music by traditional ("Farewell to Tarwathie"))

Farewell to my childhood, adieu land of dreams
And you heroes and comrades I bid you farewell
For I’m bidden to marry, and I shall do so;
For the unicorns won’t come to visit me now.

Farewell endless summers, from you I must part
I have gathered you always to hold in my heart
And no treasure bestowed by a husband’s fond will
Shall compare with the memories with which my heart’s filled

Of the country of marriage I this understand
It’s a long way from childhood to the exiles who land
And it’s no place for dreaming from what I’ve heard tell
Must I lay down my arms, and my dreaming as well?

That no unicorn loved me is the hardest to bear
They are warned from approach now, by the gold band I wear
Oh, I’ll wish for a daughter and it may well be
That the unicorns love her as they never loved me

For if it’s true as they say that the unicorns sing
I have lost them by the wearing of this bright golden ring
Oh, I’ll wish for a daughter and send her to see
And perhaps she will find them, and perhaps she’ll tell me

Farewell to my childhood, adieu land of dreams
And you sweet summer mornings I bid you farewell
For I’m bidden to marry and sealed to my fate
If the unicorns come for me now, it’s too late…


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