March 17th, 2016

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I wish I was in Carrickfergus

 


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We are all Irish today. So, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!


For those who are not from Ireland, Carrickfergus is a large town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland  on the north shore of Belfast Lough. The lyrics for the song are posted below. The “I wish I was in Carrickfergus” ballad is my all-time favorite. I’ve never been in Carrickfergus but every time I hear the, I start crying. The melancholy of the theme is contagious. Anyway, Get a box of kleenex tissues and tune in to the song!


Loudon Wainwright III – Carrickfergus




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 can’t swim over, nor have I wings to fly.

If I could find me a handsome boatman to ferry me over to my love and I.



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 till 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.



 


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!


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