The Irish Rover is one of those tunes that, when your Da or your uncle starts singing at a good ole hooley, like after a wedding, seems to last forever.All the while you are left standing there tapping your foot and pretending you know the words, wishing for the whole thing to hurry up and finish so you can get to the bar for another pint.
The Irish Rover Song Lyrics
On the Fourth of July 1806we set sail from the sweet cove of CorkWe were sailing away with a cargo of bricksfor the grand City Hall in New YorkTwas a wonderful craft, she was rigged fore and aftand oh, how the wild wind drove herShe stood several blasts,she had twenty-seven mastsand they called her the Irish RoverWe had one million bags of the best Sligo rags,we had two million barrels of stoneWe had three million sides of ole blind horses hides,we had four million barrels of bonesWe had five million hogs, and six million dogs,seven million barrels of porterWe had eight million bails of old nanny-goats’ tailsin the hold of the Irish Rover.There was awl Mickey Coote who played hard on his flutewhen the ladies lined up for a setHe was tootlin’ with skill for each sparkling quadrille,though the dancers were fluther’d and betWith his smart witty talk, he was cock of the walkand he rolled the dames under and overThey all knew at a glance when he took up his stancethat he sailed in the Irish RoverThere was Barney McGee from the banks of the Lee,there was Hogan from County TyroneThere was Johnny McGurk who was scared stiff of workand a man from Westmeath called MaloneThere was Slugger O’Toole who was drunk as a ruleand Fighting Bill Treacy from DoverAnd your man, Mike McCann from the banks of the Bannwas the skipper on the Irish RoverWe had sailed seven years when the measles broke outand the ship lost it’s way in the fogAnd that whale of a crew was reduced down to two,just meself and the Captain’s old dogThen the ship struck a rock,Oh Lord! what a shock,the bulkhead was turned right overTurned nine times around and the poor old dog was drownedI’m the last of the Irish Rover.
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