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Irish Rover

1) In the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and six
We set sail from the coal quay of Cork.
We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
For the grand city hall in New York.
We'd an elegant craft. She was rigged fore and aft,
And how the trade winds drove her.
She had 23 masts and she stood several blasts,
And they called her the Irish Rover.

2) 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 chap from Westmeath named 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 of the Irish Rover

3) We had one million bags of the best Sligo rags
We had two million barrells of bone
We had three million bales of old nanny goats' tails
We had four million barrells of stone
We had five million hogs and six million dogs
And seven million barrells of porter
We had eight million sides of old blind horses' hides
In the hold of the Irish Rover

4) We had sailed seven years when the measles broke out
And our ship lost her way in a fog
And the whale of the crew was reduced down to two
'Twas myself and the captain's old dog
Then the ship struck a rock, Lord what a shock
And nearly tumbled over
Turned nine times around - and the poor old dog was drowned
I'm the last of the Irish Rover