I[G] wish I [Am]was [D]in [G]Carrickfer[Em]gus,
Only [Am]for nights [D]in [C]Bally[G]grant
swim [Am]over the [D]deepest [G]oce[Em]an,
Only for [Am]nights [D]in [C]Bally[G]grant,
But the sea is [G]wide and I
cannot cross[D] over
And neither have[Em] I the [C]wings to [D]fly
I wish i could [Am]meet a [D]handsome [G]boatsman
ferry me [Am]over, [D]my [C]love to[G] find.
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 like the melting snow
And I spend my days in endless roaming
Soft is the grass my bed is free
Oh to be home now in Carrickfergus
that old long road down to the sea.
But in Kilkenny, it is reported,
On marble stones there as black as ink
gold and silver I would support her,
But I'll sing no more now 'till I get a drink.
For i'm drunk today, and i'm seldom
A handsome rover from town to town,
Ah, but I'm sick now, my days are numbered,
Come all you young men and
lay me down.