The wreck of the Cambria, song

Denis McDaid and Jimmy Houten, singing in English
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Lyrics

You Irish boys both one and all wherever that you be
Rise up your hearts in sorrow and mourn along with me
For the loss of the good ship Cambria that was sunk to rise no more
With one hundred and seventy nine on board bound for the Shamrock Shore

On the fourteenth of October last from New York we set sail
On board of the gallant Cambria with a sweet and a pleasant gale
All hands seemed glad no one seemed sad as our vessel cut the foam
To embrace our friends and parents kind in Erin’s lovely shore

It was down below each man did go to wait for morning clear
When a dreadful shock against a rock filled all our hearts with fear
The passengers all rushed on deck while the stormy seas did roar
And the women’s cries would rend the skies we’re sunk to rise no more

It was fore and aft her our seamen toiled while stormy rose the tide
When immediately they launched four boats and tossed all by her side
The ships boom and engine room they were all both wrecked and tore
There’s only the one survivor that ever reached the Shamrock Shore

The Cambria she was sinking fast not far off Malin Head
Our Reverend Father Brady knelt on her decks and prayed
He prayed to God who ruled the storm these precious lives to save
But him and his faithful followers they met with a watery grave

Tyrone Fermanagh and Derry likewise to Donegal
Sligo Mayo with grief and woe and Lough Swilly does deplore
For the loss of the Cambria’s passengers that went down to rise no more

see also   The wreck of the gallant Cambria / Colm Toland