The Ferryman lyrics

by The Dublin City Ramblers

All the little boats are gone
From the breast of Anna Liffey
And the ferrymen are stranded on the quay
The Dublin docks are dying
And a way of life is gone
And Molly it was part of you and me

Where the strawberry beds
Sweep down to the Liffey
You'll kiss away the worries from my brow
I love you well today
And I'll love you more tomorrow
If you ever loved me Molly love me now

'Twas the only job I knew
It was hard but never lonely
The Liffey Ferry made a man of me
Now it's gone without a whisper
Forgotten even now
Sure it's over Molly over can't you see

Where the strawberry beds
Sweep down to the Liffey
You'll kiss away the worries from my brow
I love you well today
And I'll love you more tomorrow
If you ever loved me Molly love me now

Well now I spin my yarns
And spend my days in talking
I hear them whisper Charley's on the dole
But Molly we're still living
And Darling we're still young
And the river never ruled my heart or soul

Where the strawberry beds
Sweep down to the Liffey
You'll kiss away the worries from my brow
I love you well today
And I'll love you more tomorrow
If you ever loved me Molly love me now

Where the strawberry beds
Sweep down to the Liffey
You'll kiss away the worries from my brow
I love you well today
And I'll love you more tomorrow
If you ever loved me Molly love me now

If you ever loved me Molly love me now

Song Details

The Dublin City Ramblers

Writer: Pete St. John

Brief: The song gives an insight into the economic changes around Dublin with the docks dying and very little work for the ferry pilots. It tells the story of a former ferryman expressing his thoughs to his wife Molly... unemployment and the implications it will have on their lives. However, he remains optimistic - they are still young and alive and life goes on regardless.

References:
The River Liffey - flows through the centre of Dublin
Anna Liffey - from the Irish words Abhainn na Life which translates to 'River Liffey'.

Category: Irish Folk Ballad

Other Recording Artists: The Dubliners, The Irish Rovers, Gaelic Storm, Patsy Watchorn, Patrick Clifford, Derek Ryan...

Logo The Ferryman is featured on the album Dublin City Ramblers Live (released 1st Jan, 2007)

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