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Home Boys Home (Ryan's Fancy) video
#146 YouTube video by kelticknots
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Well, who wouldn't be a sailor lad, sailing on the main,
To gain the good will of his captain's good name?
He came ashore one evening for to be,
And that was the beginning of me old true love and me.

And it's home, boys, home; home I'd like to be,
Home for a while in me own country,
Where the oak and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Are all growing greener in the old country.

Well, I asked her for a candle for to light me way to bed,
And likewise for a handkerchief to tie around me head;
She tended to me needs like a young maid ought to do,
And then I said to her, "Now would you leap in with me, too?"

And it's home, boys, home; home I'd like to be,
Home for a while in me own country,
Where the oak and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Are all growing greener in the old country.

Well, she jumped into bed, making no alarm,
Thinking a young sailor lad could do to her no harm;
Well, I hugged her and I kissed her the whole night long,
Till she wished the short night had been seven years long.

And it's home, boys, home; home I'd like to be,
Home for a while in me own country,
Where the oak and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Are all growing greener in the old country.

Well, early next morning the sailor lad arose,
And into Mary's apron threw a handful of gold,
Saying, "Take this, me dear, for the mischief that I've done,
For tonight I fear I've left you with a daughter or a son."

And it's home, boys, home; home I'd like to be,
Home for a while in me own country,
Where the oak and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Are all growing greener in the old country.

"Well, if it be a girl-child send her out to nurse,
With gold in her pocket and silver in her purse;
And if it be a boy-child he'll wear the jacket blue,
And go climbing up the riggin' like his daddy used to do."

And it's home, boys, home; home I'd like to be,
Home for a while in me own country,
Where the oak and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Are all growing greener in the old country.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century broadside ballad The Lass That Loved A Sailor published between 1846 and 1852 by The Poet's Box, Castle-court, Belfast, Ireland ....####
This variant was recorded by The Dubliners (Songs From Ireland; Greatest Hits; Sounds of the World; Paradiso Records, 1990).

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The variant in the video above was arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Looking Back, Trk #7, 1972 LP, Audat Records).

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A variant was arranged and recorded by Sons Of Erin (The Sons of Erin, Volume 2, At It Ag'in, trk#1, 1991, Erinson Music, St John's, NL, featuring bandleader Ralph O'Brien, Ray 'Blackie' O'Leary, Joseph Tompkins, Fergus O'Byrne, and Seamus Craige).

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