Deep Sheephaven Bay, song

Michael McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
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Lyrics

On a bonny summer’s evening as I sailed from Erin’s shore
As the tender steamed down the Foyle pass the castle at Culmore
Our liner raised her anchor and we’ll soon be far away
From my home upon the green hill side above Sheephaven Bay

I was banished from my dear old home the home where I was born
I often times think of the dear old spot and the fields of yellow corn
The fishing fleet’s at anchor on a bonny summer’s day
And home upon the green hill side above Sheephaven Bay

Farewell farewell my own dear land goodbye to Erin’s shore
Farewell to Cloughaneely and the wild woods of Gweedore
I may never see the Rosses or my Mary far away
Or my home upon the green hillside above Sheephaven Bay

Those sandy banks those grand old caves in that far off distant land
The lovely river at Mulroy Bay or Downing’s glistening sand
My bonny blue eyed Mary in her shawl of Galway grey
And my home upon the green hill side above Sheephaven Bay

My step is slow and feeble and my course of life o’er
I hope that God will guide me back to old Tirconnell’s shore
And I may rest in that old churchyard for this I daily pray
And sleep beneath the green hill side above Sheephaven Bay

see also   Deep Sheephaven bay / Grace Toland   Deep Sheephaven bay / Michael McAuley   Deep Sheephaven / Paddy McCallion