John Reilly the fisherman, song / Cathal O’Neill, singing in English

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Tagged: Donegal, Inishowen Song Project, Tyrone

As I roved out one evening down by the riverside
I heard a maid lamenting and bitterly she cried
This is a dark and stormy night’ these words to me did say
My true love’s on the raging sea bound for Americay.

My love he was fisherman his age was just nineteen
He was as strong a young man as ever your eyes did see
My father he had riches great and Reilly he was poor
Because I loved that sailor lad they could not me endure.

John Reilly was her true love’s name lived near the town of Bray
Her mother took her by the hand and these words she did say
If you be fond of Reilly he must leave this country
For your father swears he’ll have his life so shun his company.

Oh mother dear don’t be severe where will I send my love
My very heart lies in his breast and constant as a dove
It’s daughter dear I’m not severe here is a hundred pound
Send Reilly to Americay and purchase you some ground.

When she got the money to Reilly she did run
This very night to take your life my father’s charged a gun
Here is a hundred pounds in gold my mother sent to you
And sail you to Americay and I will follow you.

When he got the money next morning sailed away
And as he put his foot on board these words to me did say
Here is a true love’s token and I’ll break it in two
You can have my heart and half this ring till I find you.

It wasn’t three months after she was standing on the quay
When Reilly he come back again to take his love away
The ship was wrecked all hands were lost her father wept full sore
He got Reilly in her arms lying drowned on the shore.

And in her breast a letter he got and that was wrote with blood
Saying Cruel was my father that tried to shoot my love
Let this now be a warning to all fair maids so gay
To never let the lad they love sail to Americay.

see also   John Reilly the fisherman / Corney McDaid   John Reilly the fisherman / Jimmy Houten

John Reilly the fisherman, song / Cathal O’Neill, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:489-ITMA-DVCAM
Main Performer: Cathal O’Neill
Title:John Reilly the fisherman [videorecording] / Cathal O'Neill, singing in English
Contributor:Róisín White
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:Ballyliffin Hotel, Ballyliffin, Co Donegal
Recording Date:19 March 2011
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 5 min. 21 sec.) :digital, stereo
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:270

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