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Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

From Derry quay we sailed away on the 23rd of May
We were boarded by a pleasant crew bound for America
Fresh water we did take on 5000 gallons or more
In case we'd run short going to New York
From Paddy's green shamrock shore

We sailed 3 days we were all seasick not a man on board was free
We were all confined to our bunks and no one to pity poor me
No father dear nor mother kind to hold up my head it was sore
Which made me think more on the lassie I left
On Paddy's green shamrock shore

So it's fare thee well sweet Liza dear and likewise to Derry town
And twice farewell to my comrades bold who dwell on that sainted ground
If fortune should ever favor me and I should have money in store
I'd come back and I'd wed the wee lassie I left
On Paddy's green shamrock shore

We safely reached the other shore after 3 and twenty days
We were taken as passengers by a man and led round in 6 different ways
We each of us drank a parting glass in case we might never meet more
And we drank a toast to Old Ireland
And Paddy's green shamrock shore



As recorded on #121 "Blues & Branches"

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