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AndreasW Lyr Req: The Irish Rover (from The Dubliners) (9) Lyr Add: THE IRISH ROVER 04 Jun 98

Here is the text as I understand it from listening to it
There are some places (especially in the last two verses) which I did not understand, but I hope this helps you anyway


On the fourth of July eighteenhundred and six,
We set sail from the sweet Cobh of Cork,
We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
For the grand City Hall in New York.
'Twas a wonderful craft,
she was rigged 'fore and aft,
And now how the wild winds drove her.
she stood several blasts
she had twenty seven masts
And they called her the Irish Rover.

We had one million bags
Of the best Sligo rags,
We had two million barrels of stone,
We had three million sides
of old blind horses hides
We had four million barrels of bones,
We had five million hogs,
six million dogs,
seven million barrels of porter,
We had eight million barrels
Of old nanny goats' tails,
In the hold of the Irish Rover.

There was old Mickey Dude
who played hard on his flute
when the ladies lined up for the set.
He was tutored with skill
for its sparkling for drill
for the dancers were flew... and bet
With his sparks, with his talk
he was top of the walk
and he rolled the dames under and over
they all knew how to dance
when he took up his stance
and he sailed in the Irish Rover

[One verse played on instruments only]

There was Barney Magee
from the banks of the Lee,
There was Hogan from County Tyrone,
There was Johnny McGurk
who was scared stiff of work
And a man from Westmeath called Malone,
There was Slugger O'Toole
who was drunk as a rule,
And fighting Bill Tracy from Dover,
And your man Mick McCann
from the banks of the Bann
Was the skipper on the Irish Rover.

For a sailor it's always a bother of live
it's so lonesome by night and by day.
that he longs for the shore
and a charming young whore
who will melt all his trouble away.
All the .... and the rout
still the ... and stout
for him soon .... over
of the ... of a maid
he is never afraid
... of the Irish Rover.

We had sailed seven years,
When the measels broke out
And our ship lost its way in the fog,
And the ... of the crew
was reduced down to two.
Just myself and the captain's old dog,
Then the ship struck a rock,
O Lord what a shock,
The bow it was turned right over,
Turned nine times around
and the poor old dog was drowned,
I'm the last of the Irish Rover.


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