Leaving of Liverpool

from by Michael Kelly

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Often it seems that even the most upbeat trad songs that
come out of the British Isles have a certain measure of
sad tidings buried in their subject. This is the widely
popular 'jolly' version of the song that is what you're
likely to get, if you request your local Irish band to play it
for you.


Fare thee well, my own true love
For I am going far away
I am bound for California
But I know that I'll return someday

So fare thee well, my own true love
When I return, united we shall be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that's grieving me
But, m'darling, when I think of thee

I am sailing on a Yankee ship
The Davey Crockett is her name
And the captain's name is Burgess
And they say she is a floating shame


The sun is on the harbour, love
And I wish that I could remain
Cause I know it'll be a long, long time
Before e'er I see you again

(Chorus x2)


from Fields of the North, released February 1, 2003
Guitar, Vocals - Michael Kelly



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