Well on the Fourth of July 1806
We set sail from the sweet cove of Cork
we were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
For the grand City Hall in New York
'twas a wonderful craft, she was rigged for and aft
And oh, how the wild wind drove her
She stood several blasts, she had twenty-seven masts
And they called her the Irish Rover

Well we had one million bags of the best Sligo rags,
We had two million barrels of stone
We had three million bails of old nanny-goats' tails,
We had four million barrels of bones
We had five million hogs, and six million dogs,
Seven million barrels of porter
We had eight million bails of old nanny-goats' tails
In the hold of the Irish Rover

Well we had Barney McGee from the banks of the Lee,
We had Hogan from County Tyrone
And we had Jimmy McGurk who was scared stiff of work
And a lad from Westmeath called Malone
O we had Slugger O'Toole who was drunk as a rule
And Fighting Bill Treacy from Dover
And your man, Mike McCann
from the banks of the Bann
Was the skipper on the Irish Rover

Well a sailor he longs for a better life
It’s so lonesome by night and by day
And he longs for the shore and a charming young whore
Who’ll make all his troubles away
All the noise and the rout
All the whiskey and stout
The fighting it’s never over
Of the love of a maid he is never afraid
It’s all for the Irish Rover

We had sailed seven years when the measles broke out
And the ship lost it's way in the fog
And that whale of a crew was reduced down to two,
Just meself and the Captain's old dog
Then the ship struck a rock,
Oh Lord! What a shock,
The bulkhead was turned right over
Well it turned nine times around
And the poor old dog was drowned
Well I’m the last of the Irish Rover!

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    General CommentGod bless the irish culture, I'm a huge irish rock fan if anybody wants to talk irish rock with me please do my sn is the wallbreaker67 on AIM
    thewallbreaker67on April 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthey do one of the best versions of the irish rover i've heard
    MrGoodBaron April 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentme too. i was gonna talk irish rock with you but you didn't respond when i said 'BOO!' so if you wanna chit chat my sn is GayGoodbar.
    goodbaron April 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis has got to be about the biggest damn boat ever. seven million barrels of porter? holy shit would i love to spend some time on that boat.
    AirCav1stOfThe9thon June 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentand it must have been sunk by the biggest damn rock ever. :D
    goodbaron June 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn my version (sung by grand rapids iris rock band Craic Wisely) it says the ship has twenty-three masts.
    Chemrmnce123on March 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentalso in my version there is a repating chorus that goes:

    farethewell me bonnie irish lass
    and its farethewell to thee
    were going far away
    no more we will stay
    and its faretheewell to thee
    Chemrmnce123on March 29, 2007   Link

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