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The Knight of the Road

The knight of the road, song / Paddy Tunney, singing in English

The knight of the road, song / Paddy Tunney, singing in English

– What brings you here so late?
Said the knight of the road

– I go to meet my God
Said the child as he stood

And he stood and he stood
And ‘twas well that he stood

– I go to meet my God
Said the child as he stood

– How will you go by sea?
Said the knight of the road

With a strong boat under me
Said the child as he stood

And he stood and he stood
And ‘twas well that he stood

– I go to meet my God
Said the child as he stood

– How will you go by land?
Said the knight of the road

With a stout staff in my hand
Said the child as he stood

And he stood and he stood
And ‘twas well that he stood

– I go to meet my God
Said the child as he stood

– Methinks I hear a bell
Said the knight of the road

– And it’s ringing you to hell
Said the child as he stood

And he stood and he stood
And ‘twas well that he stood

– I go to meet my God
Said the child as he stood.

Notes from Hugh Shields

As sung by Peter Quinn, Lough Neagh, near Cookstown, Co Tyrone.