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Lannigan's Ball

In the town of Athy one Jeremy Lannigan
Battered away till he hadnít a pound
His father he died and made him a man again
Left him a farm and ten acres of ground
 
He gave a grand party to friends and relations
Who did not forget when come to the wall
If you but listen, Iíll make your eyes glisten
At the rows, the ructions of Lanniganís Ball
 
Six long weeks I spent in Dublin
Six long weeks doing nothing at all
Six long weeks I spent in Dublin
Learning to dance for Lanniganís Ball
She stepped out, I stepped in again
I stepped out, She stepped in again
She stepped out and I stepped in again
Learning to dance for Lanniganís Ball

Myself to be sure got free invitations
For all the nice girls and the boys I might ask
And just in a minute both friends and relations
Were dancing as merry as bees round a cask
 
Lashings of punch and wine for the ladies
Potatoes and cakes, there was bacon and tea
Nolans, Dolans, OíGradyís, MacCarthy's
Courting the girls and dancing away
 
They were doing all kinds on nonsensical polkas
Around the room in a whirligig
Julia and I soon banished their nonsense
Tipped them a twist of a reel and a jig.
 
Oh, how that girl got mad on me
And danced till youíd think the ceilings would fall
For I spent three weeks at Brookís Academy
Learning to dance for Lanniganís Ball
 
The boys were as merry, the girls all hearty
Dancing away in couples and groups
Till an accident happened: young Terrence MacCarthy
He put his right leg through Miss Finertyís hoops
 
The creature she fainted and cried ĎMeelia, murtherí
Called for her brothers and gathered them all
Carmody swore that heíd go no further
Heíd have satisfaction at Lanniganís Ball
 
In the midst of the row Miss Kerrigan fainted
Her cheeks at the same time as red as a rose
Some of the boys decried she was painted
She took a small drop, too much I suppose
 
Her sweetheart Ned Morgan, so strong and able
He saw his fair colleen stretched out by the wall
The girls in their ribbons they all got entangled
And that put an end to Lanniganís Ball
 
- traditional
 
Loch Lomond

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Where me and my true love were ever wont to go
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
 
Oh! You'll take the high road, and I'll take the low road
And I'll be in Scotland before you
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
 
'Twas there that we parted, in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond
Where in purple hue, the hieland hills we view
And the moon coming out in the gloaming
 
The wee birdies sing, and the wildflowers spring
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping
But the broken heart it can not second spring again
Tho' the woeful may cease from their grieving
 
- traditional
 
An Irish Barn Dance

- traditional
 
O Waly Waly

The water is wide, I cannot cross o'er
And neither have I wings to fly
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I

There is a ship and she sails the sea
She's laden deep, as deep can be
But not so deep as the love I'm in
I know not how I sink or swim

Oh love is handsome, and love is fine
The sweetest jewel when first it's new
But love grows old, and waxes cold
And fades away like summer dew
 
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Home Boys, Home

Well who wouldn't be a sailor lad, sailing on the main
To gain the goodwill of his Captain's good name
He came ashore, one evening for to be
And that was the beginning of my true love and me
 
And it's home boys, home...home I'd like to be!
Home for awhile in me own country
Where the oak and the ash and the bonnie rowan tree
Are all growing greener in the old country
 
Well I asked her for a candle for to light me way to bed,
And likewise for a handkerchief to tie around me head
She tended to me needs like a young maid aught to do
So then I says to her "Now would you jump in with me too?"
 
Well she jumped into the bed, making no alarm
Thinking a young sailor lad couldn't do her harm
Well I hugged her, I kissed her the whole night long
'Til she wished the short night had been seven years long
 
Well early the next morning the sailor lad arose
He told her "Girl I love you from your head down to your toes!
We'll have a boy child, and he'll wear the jacket blue
And go climbing up the rigging like his daddy used to do"
 
- traditional
 
Lament For Home

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From Clare To Here

Thereís four of us who shared this room, we were caught up in the craic
And sleeping in on Sundays, we'd never get to Mass
 
It's a long, long way from Clare to here
It's a long, long way from Clare to here
It's a long, long way...it gets further every day
It's a long, long way from Clare to here
 
When Friday night comes around, we're only into fighting
My ma would like a letter home but Iím too tired for writing
 
Well it almost breaks my heart when I think of my family
I promised Iíd be coming home with my pockets full of green
 
The only time I feel alright is when I'm into drinking
It eases off the pain awhile and levels out my thinking...
 
I sometimes hear a fiddle play or maybe itís just a notion
I dream I see white horses dance out on another ocean
 
- Ralph McTell
 
Fare Thee Well Eniskillen

Our troop was made ready at the dawn of the day
From lovely Eniskillen they were marching us away
They put us then onboard a ship to cross the raging main
To fight in bloody battle in the sunny land of Spain
 
Fare thee well Enniskillen, fare thee well for a while
And all around the borders of Erin's green isle
And when the war is over we'll return in full bloom
And you'll all welcome home the Enniskillen Dragoons
 
Oh Spain it is a gallant land where wine and ale flow free
There's lots of lovely women there to dandle on your knee
And often in a tavern there we'd make the rafters ring
When every soldier in the house would raise his glass and sing
 
Well we fought for Ireland's glory there and many a man did fall
From musket and from bayonet, from thundering cannon ball
And many a foeman we laid low amid the battle throng
And as we prepared for battle you would often hear this song
 
Well now the fighting's over and for home we have set sail
Our flag above this lofty ship is fluttering in the gale
They've given us a pension, boys, of fourpence each a day
And when we reach Enniskillen never more we'll have to stray
 
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Caledonia

Oh I don't know if you can see
The changes that have come over me
These last few days I've been afraid
That I might drift away...
 
So I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I came from
And that's the reason why I seem so far away today
 
So let me tell you that I love you, and I think about you all the time
Caledonia, you're calling me, and I'm going home
And if I should become a stranger, know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia, you're everything I've ever had
 
Now I have moved and I've kept on moving
Made the points that needed proving
I've lost some friends that needed losing
Found others on the way
 
And I have tried, and I kept on trying
Stolen dreams and there's no denying
I've travelled far, sometimes with conscience flying
Somewhere in the wind...
 
So now I sit before the fire
The empty room and the forest choir
The flames have died, can't get any higher
They're withered now, they're gone
 
So now I'm thinking my way is clear
I know what I must do tomorow
When hands have shaken and kisses flowing, then I will disappear...
 
- Dougie MacClean
 
I'm a Rover

I'm a rover, seldom sober, I'm a rover of high degree
It's when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking
How to gain my love's company
 
Though the night be dark as dungeon
Not a star can be seen above
I will be guided without a stumble
Into the arms of me only love
 
I went up to her bedroom window
Kneeling gently upon a stone
I rapped upon her bedroom window
"My darling dear, do you lie alone?"
 
She raised her head up from feather pillow
Raised her arms up around her breast
Saying "Who's that at me bedroom window
Disturbing me at me long night's rest?"
 
"It's only me, your own true lover
Open the door and please let me in
For I have come on a long night's journey
I am near drenched to the skin"
 
"I've walked alone the whole night through
These many miles to be with you"
 
She opened the door with the greatest pleasure
She opened the door and she let me in
We both shook hands and embraced each other
Until the morning we lay as one
 
Well now my love, I must go and leave you
Though the mountains be high above
I will climb them with greater pleasure
That I have been with me only love
 
- traditional
 
Leaving Of Liverpool

Farewell the Prince's Landing Stage
River Mersey fare thee well
I am bound for California
'Tis a land that I know right well
 
So fare thee well, my own true love
And when I return united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee
 
I am bound on a Yankee Clipper ship
Davey Crockett it is her name
And Burgess is the captain of her
And they say that she's a floating grave
 
I have sailed with Burgess once before
He's a man that I know right well
When a man is a sailor he can get along
And if not he's sure in hell
 
Well the ship is on the harbor love
And I know that I can't remain
And I know it will be a long, long time
'Til I see your face again
 
- traditional
 
Danny Boy

Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the roses falling
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide
 
But come ye' back when summer's in the meadow
And when the valley's hushed and white with snow
Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
Oh Danny Boy, oh Danny Boy I love you so
 
- traditional
 
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