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North Amerikay

(trad. Arr. Niamh Parsons)

(From Loosely Connected 1992 Greentrax Records 052 - 1995 Green Linnet Records CD3094)

A lovely song I learnt from Frank Harte – who tells me he knows very little about the song

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

Oh my love he’s tall and handsome, to him I gave my heart
But little was my notion that we would ever part
It was in my father’s garden this flower did decay
But I still have hopes it will bloom again in North Amerikay

Now we did not want for money kind fortune on us shone
Out of my father’s garden I stole five hundred pounds
It was in the town of Belfast my passage I did pay
My mind made up to follow my love into North Amerikay

Well the Captain’s wife was kind to me as you may understand
She kept me in her cabin until we reached dry land
It was in the town of Quebec we landed on the quay
And I knew not where to find my love in all Amerikay

Now I being sick and sore and tired I went into an inn
And it’s there I met my William, the lad I loved, within
Well I took him gently by the hand and to him I did say
Well I never thought to see your face in all Amerikay

And it’s now this couple have got wed as you may understand
And I hear they live quite happy in a town they call Saint John
And the money that she stole from home in gold she paid it down
And she thinks no more on Ireland or Enniskillen town

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