I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Only for one night in Ballygrand
I would swim over the deepest ocean
Only for one night in Ballygrand
But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
And neither have I wings to fly
If I could find me, a handsome boatman
To ferry me over to my love and die

My childhood days bring back sad reflections
Of happy times long long ago
My boyhood friends and my own relations
Have all passed on now like melting snow
I’ll spend my days in endless roving
Soft is the grass, my bed is free
Ah, to be back now in Carrickfergus
On that long road down to the sea

And in Kilkenny it is reported
They have marble stones there as black as ink
With gold and silver, I would support her
But I’ll sing no more now till I get a drink
I’m drunk today and I’m seldom sober
A handsome rover from town to town
Ah, but I’m sick now, my days are numbered
Come all ye young men and I’ll lay me down

Antrim 1

Songs of Antrim




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