Carrickfergus lyrics

by Orla Fallon

I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Only for nights in Ballygran
I would swim over the deepest ocean
The deepest ocean for my love to find

But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
Neither have I the wings to fly
If I could find me a handsome boatman
To ferry me over to my love and die

My childhood days bring back sad reflections
Of happy times spent so long ago
My boyhood friends and my own relations
Have all passed on now like the 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 salty sea

And in Kilkenny, it is reported
There are marble stones as black as any ink
With gold and silver I would support her
But I'll sing no more now 'til I get a drink

I'm drunk today and I'm seldom sober
A handsome rover from town to town
Oh but I'm sick now, and my days are numbered
So come ye young men and lay me down

Song Details


Music & Lyrics: Traditional Irish

Brief: A story of love, separation, and drink. The song was named after the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Category: Irish Folk Song / Places

Covers: The Dubliners, Jim McCann, Paddy Reilly, Cetic Thunder, Declan Affley, Charlotte Church, Dominin Behan, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, De Dannan, Brian Dunphy, Declan Galbraith, Lisa Kelly, Brian Kennedy, Van Morrison, The Chieftans, Ronan Keating, Orla Fallon (featured), and many others.

Album: The Water Is Wide (Jan 10, 2006).

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