seeking a secular song of farewell for international student body
Date: December 31, 2013
My school often has students and their families taking leave in the middle or end of the school year, moreso than most schools, because many are in military, business, or diplomatic jobs which require frequent moves. When a student or families leaves we have a short ritual to say good-bye, and for this purpose I would like to add a song.
I am searching for a farewell song in English that is easy for all to learn and remember, not too sad, is not a religious text, is not too "flip" or sentimental. ("so long, farewell, from "The Sound of Music" won't do) It should be tonal and not any more difficult than a standard folk song. THe range must be limited, as non singers as well as singers will be learning it.
It would be wonderful if the song could be dressed up with harmony sung by choral students on occasion, otherwise, it must be able to sound convincing in a unison setting.