If I was a Blackbird

Lyrics

I am a young sailor, my story is sad
For once I was carefree, a young bold sailor lad
I courted a lassie by night and by day
But now she has left me and gone far away

CHORUS
If I was a blackbird, I’d whistle and sing
And follow the ship that my true love sails in
And in the top rigging, I’d there build my nest
And lay my head down on her lily-white breast

If I was a scholar and wrote a fine hand
A secret love letter, my true love I’d send
I’d tell of my sorrow, my grief and my pain
Since she’s gone and left me in yon flowery glen

I sailed o’er the ocean, my fortune to seek
I missed her caress and her kiss on my cheek
I returned and I told her my love was still warm
But she turned away lightly and great was her scorn

I offered to take her to Donnybrook Fair
To buy her fine ribbons to tie up her hair
I offered to marry and to stay by her side
But she said in the morning she sails with the tide
Chorus

My parents they chide me and will not agree
Saying me and my false love, wed should never be
But let them deprive me and do as they will
While there’s breath in my body, she’s the one I love still
Chorus


Notes


Song Clip


County

Dublin

Song Themes

Love and romance

Songwriter