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The Great Songs Of The British Isles: from Arielle Gabriel

Donegal Danny
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Donegal Danny

Chorus:-
So here's to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I left here
And here's to you then I'll bid you adieu
Since Donegal Danny's been here me boys,
Donegal Danny's been here

I remember the night when he came in
The evening was stormy and damp
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat
and a bundle which showed he was a tramp
He stood at the bar and called for a pint
And turned to gaze into the fire
On a night like this to be safe and warm
Is my hearts only desire

Then in a voice that was hushed and low he said: listen I'll tell
You a tale how a man of the sea became a man of the road
And never more will get sail
I've fished out of Howth and Killybegs, Ardglass and Baltimore
But the cruel sea has beaten me and I'll end me days on the shore

One fateful night in the wind and the rain we set sail from
Killybeys town, there were five of us from sweet Donegal
And one from County Down, we were fishermen who worked
The sea and never counted the cost but I never thought'ere
That night was done that my fine friends would all be lost

Then the storm it broke and drove the boat to the rocks about
Ten miles from shore, as we fought the tide we hoped inside to
See our homes once more
Than we struck a rock and holed the bow and all of us knew that
She'd go down so we jumped right into the icy sea and prayed
To God we wouldn't drown

But the raging sea was rising still as we struck out for the land
And she fought with all her crualty to claim that brilliant band
By St John's point in the early dawn I dragged myself to the shore
And I cursed the sea for what she'd done and vowed to sail her never more

Ever since that night I've been on the road travelling and trying
To forget that awful night I lost all my friends
I see their faces yet and often at night
When the sea is high and the the rain is nigh
Fearing at me skin I hear the cries of drowning men
Floating on the wind

 

 

 


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