Lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle

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I know a wee spot, ’tis a place of great fame
It lies to the North, I’ll tell you it’s name
‘Tis my own native birthplace, it’s on Irish soil
They call it lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle

I was young, I was wild, like the rest of the boys
I had not many sorrows, nor yet many joys
I worked hard for a living, all day I did toil
Far away from dear old Derry on the banks of the Foyle

But now cruel misfortune drove me from my home
‘Twas my fate in deep sorrow to sail o’er the foam
And now from dark strangers, in grief I recoil
While I pine from dear old Derry on the banks of the Foyle

I courted a wee girl, her age was nineteen
She was the fairest colleen that ever was seen
Her cheeks were like roses, her hair waved in coil
She came from lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle

By those banks I have roamed, in the dear days gone by
With my dear girl I strolled, not a tear, not a sigh
Her charms without equal, from the Nore to the Moyle
Sweet maid from lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle

Oh, mind when I left her, for to cross o’er the sea
For to try and make a fortune, for Mary and me
How I cried when I left her, but my tears fell in toil
Far away from dear old Derry on the banks of the Foyle

I was fearing that another had a place in her heart
And that from me my darling, forever would part
That no more she would brighten with her sweet sunny smile
My dear home in lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle

For my true love was buxom, and a fine girl to see
That she won my affection, all my friends did agree
And I long for to wed her, on our own native soil
Though I’m far from dear old Derry on the banks of the Foyle

When I make a fortune, to home I will go
To the land of my boyhood, to the sweet girl I know
I’ll build her a mansion, no more need we toil
Far away from lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle

But a wee bird came flying from over the sea
And he brought me a letter from my true love to see
Saying “Come home, my darling, to your native soil
And I’ll wed you in lovely Derry on the banks of the Foyle”

Derry 1

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