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Carrickfergus lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Carrickfergus as we now know them were first recorded by Dominic Behan in the mid 1960s.

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He said he had learnt the song from fellow Irishman and actor Peter O’Toole.

The words tell the story of a wandering rover who is separated from his lover.

He cannot get to her because the sea lies between them.  There are similar versions of the lyrics in most English speaking countries across the world, but Carrickfergus is probably the most widely known and recorded.

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G 
I wish I  
C 
was in  
D 
Carrick
G 
fergus,
 
Em 
Only for  
Am 
nights 
 
 
C 
in 
 
Bally
G 
gran
 
I would swim  
C 
over the  
D 
deepest 
 
 
G 
ocean,
 
Em 
Only for  
Amm 
nights 
 
 
C 
in 
 
Bally
G 
gran.
 
But the sea is  
Em 
wide and I cannot swim over
 
C 
And nor have  
G 
I the  
C 
wings to  
D 
fly.
 
If I could  
C 
find me  
D 
a handsome  
G 
boatman,
 
Em 
To ferry me  
Am 
over 
 
 
D 
to my love and  
G 
die.

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My childhood days bring back sad reflections of happy times I spent so long ago.
My boyhood friends and my own relations have all passed on now like melting snow.
But I’ll spend my days in endless roaming, soft is the grass my bed is free.
Ah to be back in Carrickfergus on that long road down to the sea.

And in Kilkenny it is reported there are marble stones as black as ink,
With gold and silver I would support her, but I’ll sing no more now till I get a drink.
I’m drunk today and I’m seldom sober, a handsome rover from town to town.
Ah, but I’m sick now, my days are numbered so come all ye young men and lay me down.

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Carrickfergus print version

[Bb]I wish I [Eb]was in [F]Carrick[Bb]fergus, [Gm]only for [Cm]nights [F]in Bally[Bb]gran

I would swim [Eb]over the [F]deepest [Bb]ocean, [Gm]only for [Cm]nights [F]in Bally[Bb]gran

But the sea is [Gm]wide and I cannot swim [F]over and nor have [Bb]I the [Eb]wings to [F]fly

If I could [Eb]find me [F]a handsome [Bb]boatman [Gm]to ferry me [Cm]over [F]to my love and [Bb]die

My childhood days bring back sad reflections of happy times I spent so long ago
My boyhood friends and my own relations have all passed on now like melting snow
But I’ll spend my days in endless roaming soft is the grass my bed is free
Ah to be back in Carrickfergus on that long road down to the sea

And in Kilkenny it is reported there are marble stones as black as ink
With gold and silver I would support her, but I’ll sing no more now till I get a drink
I’m drunk today and I’m seldom sober, a handsome rover from town to town
Ah, but I’m sick now, my days are numbered so come all ye young men and lay me down

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