I wished I had you in Carrickfergus,
Only for nights in Ballygrand,
I would swim over the deepest ocean,
The deepest ocean to be by your side.

But the sea is wide and I can't swim over
And neither have I wings to fly.
I wish I could find me a handy boatman
To ferry me over to my love and die.

My childhood days bring back sad reflections
Of happy days so long ago.
My boyhood friends and my own relations.
Have all passed on like the melting snow.

So I'll spend my days in endless roving,
Soft is the grass and my bed is free.
Oh to be home now in Carrickfergus,
On the long road down to the salty sea.

And in Kilkenny it is reported
On marble stone there as black as ink,
With gold and silver I did support her
But I'll sing no more now till I get a drink.

I'm drunk today and I'm rarely sober,
A handsome rover from town to town.
Oh but I am sick now and my days are numbered
Come all ye young men and lay me down.


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    Freedon and adventure pay a heavy price to the falling dogs of lonliness and shame.

    weslyhardingon June 27, 2005   Link
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    A last pine for the joys of youth but drink is winning the battle - the traditional singers are in unison that "they murdered it!"

    vasnmoGoon March 23, 2006   Link
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    A lovely song beaten to death by Van. A tired, road-weary song of a wanderer in its pure form, this was just wrong, up there with what he did to the beautiful My Lagan Love. That is, he killed it stone dead.

    bearhunteron April 11, 2006   Link

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