Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

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From Derry quay we sailed away on the twenty-third of May.
We were taken on board by a pleasant crew, bound for Amerikay.
Fresh water then we did take on, five thousand gallons or more,
in case we'd run short going to New York far away from the shamrock shore.

So fare thee well, sweet Liza dear and likewise to Derry town,
and twice farewell to my comrades brave who dwell on that sainted ground.
If fortune it ever should favour me, and I to have money in store
I'll come back and I'll wed the wee lassie I left on Paddy's green shamrock shore.

We sailed three weeks, we were all seasick, not a man on board was free.
We were all confined unto our bunks and no-one to pity poor me.
No father kind nor mother dear to lift up my head, which was sore,
which made me think more on the lassie I left on Paddy's green shamrock shore.

We safely reached the other side in three and twenty days,
We were taken as passengers by a man and led round in six different ways.
Then each of us drank a parting glass, in case we'd never meet more
And we drank a health to old Ireland and Paddy's green shamrock shore.

So fare thee well, sweet Liza dear and likewise to Derry town,
and twice farewell to my comrades brave who dwell on that sainted ground.
If fortune it ever should favour me, and I to have money in store
I'll come back and I'll wed the wee lassie I left on Paddy's green shamrock shore.

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