The girl I left behind, song

Paddy Doherty (Eoghnie), singing in English
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Oh my parents reared me tenderly they had no child but me
My mind being bent on rambling with them I could not agree
My mind being bent on rambling which grieved my heart full sore
For to leave my old age parents might never see them more

There was a wealthy squire lived in the town nearby
He had one only daughter and on her I cast an eye
She was beautiful and handsome she was beautiful and fair
And there weren’t a girl all in the world to her I could compare

I asked her if she would marry me or cross over the foam
Or would she prove single until I’d return again
She said she would prove single if I would still prove kind
We both shook hands and parted and I left my love behind

I booked my passage for Scotland for Glasgow I was bound
To view that pleasant country and all the towns around
For money and work it was plentiful and the girls to me were kind
But the only object on my heart was the girl I left behind

One evening as I stopped my work I walked to the George’s Square
And soon arrived the mail car and the postman met me there
He handed to me a letter which made me understand
That the girl I left in old Ireland was wed to another young man

When reading these lines over and finding it was true
And turning twice  all on my heel not knowing what to do
hard work I’ll will give over and bad company I will join
And I’ll ramble around from town to town for the girl I left behind

see also   The girl I left behind / Grace Toland   The girl I left behind / Corney McDaid