G I wish I Am was D in Carrick- G fergus F#  Em
Only for Am nights D in C Bally- G grant,
G I would swim Am over D the deepest G ocean, F#    Em
Only for Am nights D in C Bally- G grant,
But the sea is G wide and I cannot cross D over
And neither Em have I C the wings to D fly
I wish I could Am meet D a handsome G boatsman, F#    Em
To ferry me Am over, D my C love to G find.


1. I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Only for nights in Ballygrand
I would swim over the deepest ocean
Only for nights in Ballygrand
But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
And neither have I the wings to fly
I wish I had a handsome boatsman
To ferry me over my love to find.

2. But in Kilkenny, it is reported,
On marble stones there as black as ink.
With gold and silver I would support her,
But I´ll sing no more now till I get a drink,
For I’m drunk today, and I’m seldom sober,
A handsome rover from town to town,
Ah, but I’m sick now, my days are numbered,
Come all you young men and lay me down.

3. My childhood days bring back sad reflections
Of happy times there spent so long ago
My boyhood friends and my own relations
Have all past on now with the melting snow
So I’ll spend my days in this endless roving
Soft is the grass and shore, my bed is free
Oh to be home now in carrickfergus
On the long rode down to the salty sea

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