Shamrock Shore

Melody -

From Derry quay we sailed away
On the twenty-third of May
We were taken on board by a pleasant crew,
Bound for Amerikay
Fresh water then we did take on,
Five thousand gallons or more
In case we'd run short going to New York
Far away from the shamrock shore.

2. Then fare thee well, sweet Liza dear
And likewise unto Derry town
And twice farewell to my comrades brave
That dwell on that sainted ground
If fame or fortune shall favour me,
And I to have money in store
I'll go back and I'll wed the wee lassie
I left on Paddy's green shamrock shore.

3. At twelve o'clock we came in sight
Of famous Mullin Head
And Innistrochlin to the right
Stood out on the ocean's bed.
A grander sight ne'er met my eyes
Than e'er I saw before
Than the sun going down 'twixt sea and sky
Far away from the shamrock shore.

4. We sailed three weeks, we were all seasick,
Not a man on board was free
We were all confined unto our bunks
And no-one to pity poor me.
No father kind nor mother dear
To lift up my head, which was sore
Which made me think more on the lassie
I left on Paddy's green shamrock shore.

5. We safely reached the other side
After fifteen and twenty days,
We were taken as passengers by a man
And led round in six different ways,
Then each of us drank a parting glass,
In case we'd meet no more
And we drank a health to old Ireland
And Paddy's green shamrock shore.


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