Carrickfergus Lyrics - Van Morrison

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Traditional, arranged by Van Morrison/Paddy Moloney

I wished I had you in Carrickfergus,
Only for nights in Ballygrand,
I would swim over the deepest ocean,
The deepest ocean to be by your side.

But the sea is wide and I can't swim over
And neither have I wings to fly.
I wish I could find me a handy boatman
To ferry me over to my love and die.

My childhood days bring back sad reflections
Of happy days so long ago.
My boyhood friends and my own relations.
Have all passed on like the melting snow.

So I'll spend my days in endless roving,
Soft is the grass and my bed is free.
Oh to be home now in Carrickfergus,
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On the long road down to the salty sea.

And in Kilkenny it is reported
On marble stone there as black as ink,
With gold and silver I did support her
But I'll sing no more now till I get a drink.

I'm drunk today and I'm rarely sober,
A handsome rover from town to town.
Oh but I am sick now and my days are numbered
so come ye young men and lay me down."

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this song is as old as ireland | Reviewer: padraig o conait | 10/16/12

This is a song anyone can sing, VAN Moorrison has no doubt put his great celtic voice to the song and, of course the melody that brings the song to life he has totaly relaxed into the words and the music ,i can see myself , living my dreams tru this lament .as indeed if it was happening ,It is so irish , and will have some truth in it some where . and as the song says My boyhood days and my own relations ,have all passed on like the melting snow , my mother used to sing this c song a long time before Van , but she wont sing this song ever again , its a very old irish song , thanks Van and thanks mom ,

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