The Chieftains Lyrics

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,
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
Come all ye young men and lay me down.

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Reading the comments, it seems no one has noticed that this fine rendition by Van the Man is accompanied by one of Ireland's finest folk bands: The Chieftains. "But I'll sing no more now - 'til I get a drink!"

Marino Polo Rivas

I can tell you, that I thought about it many times, its for this, to me its a jewel, its puré Irish music, not only for the artists, the best in ireland, but for the songs that they chosen to interpreta, it get out the best and the wors of me

jean willis

Paddy Maloney bless his heart,passed today the founder of the Chieftains.I’m heartsick thinking about it ☘️☘️☘️☘️🇨🇦

J. Richardson

They are legend.


of course
they are wonderful !!
and paddy, the pied piper, is a special one...
love them all together !!

Rose Letendre

Yes! I do! Amazing artists

Ted Wood

While "Van the Man" is not happy with the music industry and doubtless was cut off at the pass financially by many an industry shark, we are blessed by Van's passion, soul, poetic writings, an his incomparable musical genius!

Rudy Soriano

Best version ever. Van Morrison captures the angst and sadness of the song. The loneliness felt by a broken man and the expectation of dying in drunken stupor.

Nanée Ch

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Robert Coker

...... be it blood or spirit, I know I do !!

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