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Ye lovers all both great and small, who dwell in I-reland,
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 Americay.
My love he was fair and handsome, and to him I gave my heart,
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 it will bloom again in North Americay.
Now I did not want for money, kind fortune on me shone.
So out of my father's castle I took three hundred pounds.
It was in the town of Belfast my passage I did pay
And then set sail across the sea to far Americay.
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 quay,
But I knew not where to seek my love in all Americay.
Now I being sick and sore and tired, well I went into an inn,
And it was there I found 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 Americay.
Now I hear this couple has got wed, as you may understand,
And I hear they live quite happily in a town they call St. Johns.
And the money that she took from home, well in gold she paid it down,
And they think no more of Ireland nor Enniskillen town.
Discography: The Chieftains (Kevin Conneff)