Page4-4 Marge Keigher Irish Blessings



In the year of our lord eighteen hundred and six
We set sail from the coal quay of Cork
We were sailing away with a cargo of brick
For the grand city hall in New York
We'd an elegant craft that was rigged fore and aft
And how the trade winds they drove her

She had twenty three masts and she stood several blasts
And they called her the Irish Rover
There was Barney Magee from the banks of the Lee
There was Hogan from county Tyrone
There was Johnny McGurk who was scared stiff of work
And a chap from Westmeath named Malone
There was Slugger O'Toole who was drunk as a rule
And fighting Bill Tracy from Dover
And your man Mick McCann from the banks of the Bann
Was the skipper of the Irish Rover

We had one million bags of the best Silo rags
We had two million barrels of bone
We had three million bales of old nanny goat tails
We had four million barrels of stone
We had five million hogs and six million dogs
And seven million barrels of Porter
We had eight million sides of old blind horse's hides
In the hold of the Irish Rover

We had sailed several years when the measles broke out
And our ship lost her way in the fog
And the whole crew was reduced down to two
Twas myself and the captain's old dog
Then the ship struck a rock , O'Lord what a shock
And nearly tumbled over
Turned nine time around , then the old dog was drowned
I'm the last of the Irish Rover


The Holy Ground

Fair thee well my lovely Dianah
A thousand times adieu
For we're goin' away from the holy ground
and the girls we all love true
We will sail the salt sea over
and we'll return for shore
To see again the girls we love
and the holy ground once more
Fine Girl You Are!

( Chorus )
You're the girl I do adore
And still I live in the hopes to see
The Holy ground once more
Fine Girl You Are!

Now the storm is raging
And we are far from Shore
And the good old ship is tossing about
And the rigging is all tore
And the secret of my mind my love
You're the girl I do adore
And still I live in hopes to see
The Holy ground once more
Fine Girl You Are!

( Chorus )
And soon the storm is over
And we are all well
We will go into a public house
and we'll sit and drink our fill
We will drink strong ale and porter
and we'll make the rafters roar
And when all of our money is all spent
We will go to sea once more
Fine Girl You Are!
( Chorus )


Roddy McCorley

Oh see the host of fleet foot men who sped with faces wan
From farmstead and from fisher's cot along the banks of Bann
They come with vengeance in their eyes too late too late are they
For young Roddy McCorley goes to die on the bridge of Toome Today

When last he stepped up that street , his shining pike in hand
Behind him marched a grim array, a stalwart and earnest band
For Antrim town! For Antrim Town! He led them to the fray
And young Roddy McCorley goes to die on the bridge of Toome Today

Up the narrow streets he steps, Smiling proud and young
About the hemp rope on his neck the golden ringlets clung
There was never a tear in his blue eyes,
both sad and bright are they
For young Roddy McCorley goes to die on the bridge of Toome Today

There was never a one of all your dead more bravely fell in fray
Then he who marches to his fate on the bridge of Toome today
True to the last true to the last he treads the upward way
And young Roddy McCorley goes to die on the bridge of Toome Today

The Wild Rover
It was Friday morn when we set sail
And we were not far from the land
When our captain spied a Mermaid so fair
With a comb and a glass in her hand

( Chorus )
And the ocean waves may roll
And the stormy winds may blow
Shout : May Blow!
And we poor sailors come skipping to the top
While the land lubbers lie down below below below
While the land lubbers lie down below

Then up spoke the Captain of our gallant ship
And a fine spoken man was he
Saying" I have a wife in Brooklyn by the sea
And tonight a widow she will be "
( Chorus )

Then up spoke the cabin boy of our gallant ship
And a brave young lad was he
" Oh I have a sweetheart in Salem by the sea
And tonight she'll be weepin' for me "
( Chorus )

Then up spoke the cook of our gallant ship
And a crazy old butcher was he
" I care much more for my pots and my pans
than I do for the bottom of the sea "
( Chorus )

Then three times round spun our gallant ship
And three times round spun she
Three times round spun our gallant ship
And she sank to the bottom of the sea
( Chorus )

The Wild Rover

I've been a wild rover for many a year
And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer
And now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more
Chorus:
And it's no nay never
No nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No nay never no more

I went to an alehouse I used to frequent
And I told the landlady my money was spent
I asked her for credit she answered me nay
Such favor as yours I can have any day

Chorus:
I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
She said I have whiskey and wines of the best
And the words that I spoke sure were only in jest


An Irishman's Dream
Sure I've roamed this wide world over
But of all the lands I've seen
There's no spot I'd rather dwell in
Than my little isle of Green

Only last night I was dreamin'
Of a sight that thrilled me through
But what I saw I'll see no more
'twas too good to be true.

Sure the shamrocks were growing on Boadway
Every girl was an Irish colleen
The town of New York was the county of Cork
All the buildings were painted green

Sure the Hudson looked just like the Shannon
Oh, how good and how real it did seem
I could hear me mother singin', sweet Shannon bells ringin'
'twas only an Irishman's dream




  

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