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Craigie Hill

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    It being in the spring, and the small birds they were singing
    Down by a shady arbour I carelessly did stray
    Where the thrushes they were warbling, the violets were charming
    For to view two lovers talking, a while I did delay

    She said, My dear don't leave me all for another season
    Though fortune may be pleasing I'll go along with you
    I'll forsake friends and relations and quit this Irish nation
    And to the bonny Bann banks forever I'll bid adieu

    He said, My dear don't grieve me, or yet annoy my patience
    You know I love you dearly although I'm going away
    I'm going to some foreign nation to purchase a plantation
    For to comfort us hereafter all in America

    The landlords and their agents, their bailiffs and their beagles
    The land of our forefathers we're forced for to give o'er
    And we're sailing on the ocean for honour and promotion
    And we're parting with our sweethearts, it's them we do adore

    If you were in your bed lying and thinking of dying
    One sight of the bonny Bann banks, your sorrows you'd give o'er
    And if you were but one hour all in her shady bower
    Pleasure would surround you, you'd think on death no more

    So fare thee well sweet Craigie Hill where oftentimes I have roved in
    I never thought in my childhood days I'd part you any more
    But we're sailing on the ocean for honour and promotion
    And the bonny boat's a-sailing way down by Doorin's shore

    As sung by Dick Gaughan

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  • [1998:] [A] Northern Ireland song of emigration (Tomás Lynch on Belgian radio, 16 Apr)

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