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Friend o' mine

First line:
When you are happy, friend o’ mine
author of text

Fred Weatherly tells in his memoirs how he wrote the lyric of this song for Michael Maybrick, alias Stephen Adams, whose ‘The Holy City’ is included in the first of Thomas Allen’s ballad collections. Weatherly says he designed it as ‘a real heart to heart talk between us’. For once the businesslike Maybrick did not acknowledge its receipt, and when he died shortly afterwards Weatherly felt the lyric had touched his friend too deeply to even speak of it. Instead the song was set by Wilfrid Sanderson and dedicated to Maybrick. The son of a Wesleyan minister and father of an Anglican bishop, Wilfrid Ernest Sanderson was born in Ipswich of Lancastrian parents, moved to Launceston in Cornwall as an infant, was educated in London, and died in Surrey. He spent much of his career as organist, choirmaster and composer in Doncaster, producing some wonderful ballads, of which ‘Friend o’ Mine’ is one of the most stirring.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003


More songs my father taught me
CDA67374Archive Service


Track 17 on CDA67374 [2'56] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67374 track 17

Recording date
9 January 2002
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. More songs my father taught me (CDA67374)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: June 2003
    Deletion date: December 2020
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