The Irish Rover

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n the year of our Lord 1806
We set sail from the Coal Quay of Cork
We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
For the grand city hall of New York
We’d an elegant craft, it was rigged fore & aft
& how the trade winds drove her
She had 23 masts & she stood several blasts
And they called her the Irish Rover

& it’s fare thee well, my pretty little girl,
for I must sail away (& they’ve all got knobs on)
Fare thee well, my pretty little girl, for I must sail away

There was Barney McGee from the banks of the Lee
There was Hogan from County Tyrone
There was Johnny McGwirk
who was scared stiff of work
And a man from West Meath called Malone
There was Slugger O'Toole, he was drunk as a rule
& Fighting Bill Tracy from Dover
& your man, Mick McCann from the banks of the Bann
Was the skipper of the Irish Rover

& it’s fare thee well, my pretty little girl,
for I must sail away (& they’ve all got knobs on)
Fare thee well, my pretty little girl, for I must sail away

We had 1 million bags of the best Sligo rags
We had 2 million barrels of stones
We had 3 million bails of old nanny goats tails
We had 4 million barrels of bones
We had 5 million hogs, 6 million dogs
7 million barrels of porter
We had 8 million sides of old blind horses hides
In the hold of the Irish Rover

& it’s fare thee well, my pretty little girl,
for I must sail away (& they’ve all got knobs on)
Fare thee well, my pretty little girl, for I must sail away

& it’s fare thee well, my pretty little girl,
for I must sail away (& they’ve all got knobs on)
Fare thee well, my pretty little girl, for I must sail away

We had sailed 7 years when the measles broke out
And the ship lost its way in the fog
And that whale of a crew was reduced down to 2
Just myself and the Captain's old dog
Then the ship struck a rock, what a terrible shock
The bulkhead was turned right over
Turned 9 times around & t' poor old dog was drowned
I'm the last of The Irish Rover

& it’s fare thee well, my pretty little girl,
for I must sail away (& they’ve all got knobs on)
Fare thee well, my pretty little girl, for I must sail away

credits

from The Blarney Roses, released November 24, 2014
Morris Wintle : Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Recording & Production.
Penny Plowden : Irish Whistles, Vocals.

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Life Of Riley UK

By aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic with a signature folk-rock sound, singer/guitarist/banjoist/keyboardist Morris Wintle and Penny Plowden, vocalist and suburb exponent of the Irish Whistles are helping to shape the landscape of today’s folk-rock music scene.
Stylistically eclectic songs and arrangements of traditional tune sets.
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