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The Parting Glass (Kenneth Peacock)
See also: Parting Glass (Fine Crowd)
And also: Parting Glass (Ryan's Fancy)
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When I have money for to spend
And time to sit and talk awhile,
There is a girl lives in this place
And I'm sure she has my heart beguiled;
With her rosy cheeks and her cherry lips
She stole my tender heart away,
So fill to me the parting glass
For here no longer can I stay.

And fill to you the parting glass
And part with your nice company,
There is nothing that could grieve me more
Than to see you going so far away.
You can believe me well, or believe me not,
It is from you I intend to go;
You can think on me, my blue-eyed girl,
When and where all stormy winds do blow.

Last night as I lay down to rest,
When fancy did my mind annoy,
I dreamt my Jimmy he was pressed,
My bonny blue-eyed Irish boy;
He has gone on board so neat and gay
With bold undaunted bravery,
He has gone on board so neat and gay
To serve his royal majesty.

When I have money for to spend
I spend it in good company,
And all the harm that ever I have done
I hope ye will excuse me;
For what I done was for the want of a wish,
And to my memory I now recall,
So fill to me the parting glass,
Goodnight and joy be with ye all.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, An Admired Song Called The Parting Glass, published by J F Nugent & Co (Dublin) sometime between 1850 and 1899, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: 2806 c.15(13) ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1952 from Peter Donahue [1892-1961] of Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.573-574, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs ©1982, Boot Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded as Parting Glass by Fine Crowd (Poverty's Arse, 1995).


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