Recorded by the Clancy Bros. & T. Makem on "The First Hurrah"
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I wish I was in Carrickfergus,

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Only for nights in Ballygrant

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I would swim over the deepest ocean,

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Only for nights in Ballygrant,

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But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over

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And neither have I wings to fly

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I wish I could meet a handsome boatsman

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To ferry me over, my love to find 

My childhood days bring back sad reflections

Of happy times I spent so long ago,

My boyhood friends and my own relations

Have all passed on now like melting snow.

But I'll spend my days in endless roaming,

Soft is the grass, my bed is free.

Ah, to be back now in Carrickfergus,

On that long road down to the sea.


Ah, but in Kilkenny, it is reported,
They have marble stones there as black as ink

With gold and silver I did support her,

But I'll sing no more until I get a drink.

For I'm drunk today, and I'm seldom sober,

A handsome rover from town to town,

Ah, but I'm sick now, my days are numbered,

Come all you young men and lay me down


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