Nursery Rhymes

Fare Ye Well

Fare Ye Well Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "My true believers, fare ye well" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Fare Ye Well" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Fare Ye Well Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Fare Ye Well" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's. Meaning: This simple song sung by slaves expressed their fortitude in being subjected to the bonds of slavery combined and their poignant belief that they would one day return to the home they were taken from in Africa. Only a few achieved their wish. In January 1842, thirty-five Africans who had survived the ordeal were returned to their homeland in Africa. In January 1842, the thirty-five Africans who had survived the ordeal of the La Amistad Slave Ship were returned to their homeland in Africa. We have placed "Fare Ye Well" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Fare Ye Well Song
Title: Fare Ye Well *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Fare Ye Well Lyrics

My true believers, fare ye well,
Fare ye well, fare ye well,
Fare ye well, by de grace of God,
For I 'm going home.


Massa Jesus give me a little broom
For to sweep my heart clean,
And I will try, by de grace of God,
To win my way home.

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Fare Ye Well
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Nationality of Author: African American
Name of Music Composer: Unknown
Song Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals
First Line of Song: "My true believers, fare ye well"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

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