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The Boys Of Killybegs (Padraig Grimes) video
#2372: YouTube video by Padraig Grimes
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

There are wild and rugged hills
on the coast of Donegal,
And fishermen are hearty, brave and free;
And the wild Atlantic swell
is a thing they know right well,
As they fight to take a living from the sea.

With a pleasant rolling sea,
and the herring running free,
And the fleet all riding gently through the foam;
When the boats are loaded down
there'll be singing in the town,
When the boys of Killybegs come rollin' home.

Now you've donned your rubber boots
and you've got your oilskins on,
And you check your gear to see that it's okay;
And your jumper keeps you warm
for it's cold before the dawn,
Now you're ready to begin another day.

With a pleasant rolling sea,
and the herring running free,
And the fleet all riding gently through the foam;
When the boats are loaded down
there'll be singing in the town,
When the boys of Killybegs come rollin' home.

Now you're heading out to sea,
and the wind is running free,
And you cast your nets as rain begins to fall;
But the sun is riding high,
and the clouds will soon go by,
And today you'll maybe take a bumper haul.

With a pleasant rolling sea,
and the herring running free,
And the fleet all riding gently through the foam;
When the boats are loaded down
there'll be singing in the town,
When the boys of Killybegs come rollin' home.

Well, the weather can get rough,
and the work can be right tough,
And the ropes will raise the welts upon your hands;
But no matter where you'll be,
oh you'll never leave the sea,
When it's in your blood you'll never live on land.

With a pleasant rolling sea,
and the herring running free,
And the fleet all riding gently through the foam;
When the boats are loaded down
there'll be singing in the town,
When the boys of Killybegs come rollin' home.

Now there's purple on the hills,
and there's green down by the shore,
And the sun has spilled its gold upon the sea;
And there's silver down below
where the herring fishes go,
When we catch them there'll be gold for you and me.

With a pleasant rolling sea,
and the herring running free,
And the fleet all riding gently through the foam;
When the boats are loaded down
there'll be singing in the town,
When the boys of Killybegs come rollin' home.

With a pleasant rolling sea,
and the herring running free,
And the fleet all riding gently through the foam;
When the boats are loaded down
there'll be singing in the town,
When the boys of Killybegs come rollin' home.
When the boys of Killybegs come rollin' home.

####.... Tommy Makem ....####
Originally recorded by Tommy Makem (The Legendary Tommy Makem Collection, 1990, Shanachie/Red Biddy Records); and (Live At The Irish Pavilion, 1999, Shanachie/Red Biddy Records).

See more songs by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.

This variant and the video above are from an excellent live performance on YouTube by Padraig Grimes of Castlebar, Ireland.


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