Leaving Nancy

Words and Music: Eric Bogle

Publisher: Larrikin Music


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

Iím leaving my Nancy-O

But you stand there beside me determinedly gay

You talk of the weather, and events of the day

But your eyes tell me all that your tongue doesnít say

Goodbye my Nancy-O


And come a little closer

Put your head upon my shoulder

And let me kiss you one more time

Before the whistle blows


My suitcase is ready and stowed on the train

A thousand regrets whirl around in my brain

The ache in my heart is a black sea of pain

Iím leaving my Nancy-O

But you stand there beside me so lovely to see

And the grip of your hand is an unspoken plea

Youíre not fooling yourself and youíre not fooling me

Goodbye my Nancy-O


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 timeís gone

Iím leaving my Nancy-O

And as the train starts gently to roll

And as I lean out to wave and to call

I see the first tears trickle and fall,

Goodbye my Nancy-O