Sweet America, song

Michael Doherty (Davis), singing in English
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Lyrics

Now boys don’t be alarmed when I bid yous all goodbye
Perhaps we might not see each other anymore
I am going to a foreign land my fortune for to try
I am going to a far off distant shore.

No long I’ll stop working like a slave on Paddy’s land
I can’t afford to work for such a pay
With my bundle and shillelagh I’m for leaving Donegal
And I’m going out to sweet Americay.

But what will my poor mother say when she hears the news that here
Her darling boy’s emigrated and has fled
She will dread and think that he will never return again
She will think that he is numbered with the dead.

But when I am landed in the land for which I’m bound
A letter I will send across the sea
I will tell her that her darling boy is landed safe and sound
And is working out in sweet Americay.

Farewell to dear old Ireland my friends and comrades all
No longer in this land I’m going to stay
With my bundle and shillelagh I’m for leaving Donegal
And I’m going out to sweet Americay.

see also   Sweet America / Paddy Kelly (Barney Jack)   Sweet America / Paddy Kelly (Barney Jack) video