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Trad Arr B Kennedy

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 nor have I the wings to fly 
But I wish I could find a handsome boat man to ferry me over to my love and I

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

And in Kilkenny it is reported there are marble stones as back as ink 
With gold and silver I would support her but I’ll sing no more now til I get a drink 
Sure I’m drunk today and I’m seldom sober a handsome rover from town to town 
Ah but I’m sick now and my days are numbered

so come all ye Young men and lay me down

So come all ye young men and lay me down 

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