North Amerikay
The Chieftains Lyrics

Ye lovers all both great and small, who dwell in Ireland
Oh I pray you pay attention, whilst I my pen command
It was my father's anger that drove my love away
But I still have hopes we'll meet again in North Amerikay

My love he was fair and handsome and to him I gave my heart
Ah but little was our notion that we would ever part
It was in my father's garden, that this flower it did decay
But I still have hopes t'wil' bloom again, in North Amerikay
Now I did not want for money, kind fortune on me shone
So out of my father's castle I took 300 pounds
It was in the town of Belfast, my passage I did pay
And then set sail across the sea to far Amerikay

Now the captain's wife was kind to me, as you may understand
And she kept me in her cabin until we reached dry land
It was in the town of Quebec we landed on the Cay
But I knew not where to seek my love in all Amerikay

Now I being sick and sore and tired, well I went into an inn
And it was there I met my William, the lad I loved, within
He took me gently by the hand and to me he did say
Oh I never thought I'd see your face in North Amerikay

Now I hear this couple have got wed as you may understand
And I hear they live quite happily in a town they call Saint Johns
And the money that she took from home, well in gold she paid it down
And they think no more of Ireland nor Enniskillin Town

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tom canterbury

the great accapella version by kevin on tribute to their harpist

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Michael Crowe ᄊc

"If you feel like singing, do sing an Irish Song"....and this is one of the very best. Also known as "Ye Lovers All"... Singing acapella is hard but it front of a few thousand harder still. Well done Kevin...R.I.P. Paddy Moloney leader of the Chieftains. Ní fheicimíd a leithéad arís.


Awww my mom used to sing this as a lullaby when I was rly little, getting pretty nostalgic now💗


An Irish love song with a happy ending. I absolutely love this ancient old ballad from the north of Ireland.

Siobhan Falzini

This is one of my Da's favourite songs. I miss you Da! (1940-2012)


This is live in concert and amazing!!!

Amy Naa

Cannot tell you how long I've been searching for this song.... thanks for posting it!


Beautiful Irish singing, lovely stuff


Love Kevin singing this song! Thanks for posting it.


This is live in concert and amazing!!!

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