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An Emigrant's Daughter (Barry Taylor) MIDI
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Oh please ne'er forget me though waves now lie o'er me,
I was once young and pretty and my spirit ran free;
But destiny tore me from country and loved ones,
And from the new land I was never to see.
A poor emigrant's daughter too frightened to know,
I was leaving forever the land of my soul;
Amid struggle and fear my parents did pray,
To place courage to leave o'er the longing to stay.

They spoke of a new land far away 'cross the sea,
And of peace and good fortune for my brothers and me;
So we parted from townland with much weeping and pain,
Kissed the loved ones and the friends we would ne'er see again.
The vessel was crowded with disquieted folk,
The escape from past hardship sustaining their hope;
But as the last glimpse of Ireland faded into the mist,
Each one fought back tears and felt strangely alone.

The seas roared in anger, making desperate our plight,
And a fever came o'er me that worsened next night;
Then delirium possessed me and clouded my mind,
And I, for a moment, saw that land left behind.
I could hear in the distance my dear mother's wailing,
And the prayers of three brothers that I'd see no more;
And I felt father's tears as he begged for forgiveness,
For seeking a new life on the still distant shore.

Oh please ne'er forget me though waves now lie o'er me,
I was once young and pretty and my spirit ran free;
But destiny tore me from country and loved ones,
And from the new land I was never to see.

####.... Barry Taylor ©1998, with the air of The Grenadier And The Lady ....####
Note: This ballad tells the true story of the 1842 voyage of Barry Taylor's Irish ancestors from County Tyrone to Canada.


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