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30 August 2017 0 Comments

Mursheen Durkin

In the days I went a courtin’ I was never tired resortin’ To an ale-house or a playhouse and many’s the house besides But I told me brother Seamus I’d go off and be right famous And I never would return again ’til I roamed the world wide Goodbye Muirsheen Durkin sure I’m sick and […]

30 August 2017 0 Comments

The Last Shanty

Written by Tom Lewis 1987   Well me father often told me when I was just a lad A sailor’s life was very hard, the food was always bad But now I’ve joined the navy, I’m aboard a man-o-war And now I’ve found a sailor ain’t a sailor any more Don’t haul on the rope, […]

30 August 2017 0 Comments

Star of the County Down

In Banbridge Town in the County Down One morning last July, From a boreen green came a sweet colleen And she smiled as she passed me by. She looked so sweet from her two bare feet To the sheen of her nut brown hair. Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself For to see […]

30 August 2017 0 Comments

The Fields of Athenry

Written by Pete St John 1970’s By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling Michael they are taking you away, For you stole Trevelyn’s corn So the young might see the morn, Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay Low lie, The Fields Of Athenry Where once we watched the […]

30 August 2017 0 Comments

Flower of Scotland

Written by Roy Williamson (from the Corries) in 1967   Oh Flower Of Scotland, When will we see, your like again That fought and died for Yer wee bit hill and glen And stood against him Proud Edward’s army And sent him homeward Tae think again The hills are bare now And autumn leaves lie […]

28 July 2015 0 Comments

Clear the Track and Let the Bullgine Run (Eliza Lee)

Oh, the smartest clipper you can find. Ah ho Way-oh, are you most done. Is the Marget Evans of the Blue Cross Line. So clear the track, let the Bullgine run. Chorus: Tibby Hey rig a jig in a jaunting car. Ah ho Way-oh, are you most done. With Lizer Lee all on my knee. […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Billy Riley

Oh Billy Riley, Mister Billy Riley Oh Billy Riley oh Billy Riley, Mister Billy Riley Oh Billy Riley oh Oh Billy Riley was a dancing master Oh Billy Riley oh Billy Riley was a dancing master Oh Billy Riley oh Oh Billy Riley shipped aboard a droger Oh Billy Riley oh… Oh Billy Riley wed […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Captain Kidd

Chorus: My name is Captain Kidd As I sailed, as I sailed, Oh my name is Captain Kidd as I sailed, My name is Captain Kidd And God’s laws I did forbid, And most wickedly I did as I sailed. My father taught me well To shun the gates of hell, But against him I […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

The Dreadnought

Oh, there is a flash packet, Flash packet of fame. She hails from New York And the Dreadnought’s her name. She’s bound to the west, Where the stormy winds blow. All away to the westward, In the Dreadnought we’ll go. Derry down, down, down derry down. With the gale at her back, What a sight […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Froggie Went a Courtin

Burle Ives version:   Froggie went a courtin and he did ride. Mhmm. Froggie went a courtin and he did ride. A sword and a pistol by his side. Mhmm. He went down to Missie Mousie’s door. Mhmm. He went down to Missie Mousie’s door, where he had been many times before. Mhmm. “Missie Mouse, […]