Seven Nations Back Home in Derry Lyrics

Rain and Thunder Track Listing
  • 1 4th Part of Clumsy Lover
  • 2 Back Home in Derry
  • 3 Whistle Set: The Mingulay Boat Song / Frank Mors' Hornpipe / Garrett Barry's
  • 4 From Clare to Here
  • 5 Uillean Pipe Set: The Blarney Pilgrim / My Darling Asleep
  • 6 Faithful Departed
  • 7 4th Part of Pipe Major George Allan
  • 8 For James
  • 9 Talk to Me
  • 10 Rain and Thunder
  • 11 Si Beg Si Mohr
  • 12 Nothing
  • 13 Amazing Grace
  • Back Home In Derry
    (Traditional melody; lyrics by B Sands)

    In 1803 we sailed out to sea
    Out from the sweet town of Derry
    For Australia bound if we didn't all drown
    And the marks of our fetters we carried
    And rusty iron chains we sighed for our wanes
    As our good wives we left home in sorrow
    As the main sails unfurled our curses we hurled
    On the English and thought of tomorrow

    I wish I was back home in Derry
    I wish I was back home in Derry

    I cursed them to hell as our bough fought the swell
    Our ship danced like a moth in the firelight
    White horses rode high as the Devil passed by
    Taking souls to Hades by twilight
    Five weeks out to sea we were now forty-three
    Our comrades we buried each morning
    And in our own slime we were lost and on time
    Endless nights without dawning

    Van Diemen's land is a hell for a man
    To live out his life in slavery
    Where climate is raw and the gun makes the law
    Neither wind or rain cares for bravery
    In the years've gone by an' I've ended my bond
    And comrade's ghosts are behind me
    A rebel I came and I'll die just the same
    On the cold winds of night you will find me

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