When winter was brawling o'er high hills and mountains
And dark were the clouds o'er the deep rolling sea,
I spied a wee lass as the daylight was dawning
She was asking the road to sweet Carnlough Bay.

Said I, "my wee lassie, I canna well teIl you
The number of miles or how far it may be.
But if you will consent I'll convoy you a wee bit
And I'll show you the road to sweet Carnlough Bay."

"You turn to the right and pass down by the churchyard,
Cross over the river and down by the sea.
We'll call at Pat Hamill's and have a wee drop there
Just to help us along to sweet Carnlough Bay."

Here's a health to Pat Hamill, likewise the wee lassie
And every young laddie was listening to me.
And ne'er turn your back on a bonnie wee lassie
When she's asking the road to sweet Carnlough Bay.

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    General CommentIt's funny how this song is so obviously about sex. First of all, Carnlough is surely a pun on "carnal love." And then the narrator says he can't give her exact directions there, but he can guide her there after they stop for a drink to help them along. I guess it worked out pretty well because by the end the guy is telling all the young laddies in the pub not to pass up a chance with the bonnie wee lassie should she ask them for "directions" to Carnlough Bay. That part is slightly creepy but it's funny.
    epiwooshon November 24, 2013   Link

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