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Home Boys Home

  • (Trad)

    And it's home, boys, home; home I'd like to be
    Home for a while in me own count-a-rie
    Where the oak and the ash and the bonnie rowan tree
    Are all a-growing green in the North Count-a-rie

    Oh well, who wouldn't be a sailor lad a-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 the whole calamity

    I asked her for a candle for to light me up to bed
    And likewise for a hankerchief to tie around my head
    She tended to my needs like a young maid ought to do
    So then I says to her, Won't you nestle with me too

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

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

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

    Come all of you fair maidens, a warning take by me
    And never let a sailor lad an inch above your knee
    For I trusted one and he beguiled me
    He left me with a pair of twins to dangle on my knee

    (as sung by The Dubliners)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1972:] Da die meisten irischen Seeleute auf englischen Schiffen fuhren, gibt es auch keine typisch irischen Seemannslieder. Dieser Song ist, in verschiedenen Versionen, auf beiden Seiten des Atlantik bekannt - meist unter dem Titel The Oak and the Ash. (Manfred Bonson, notes 'The Best of the Dubliners')

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