When First I Came to the County Limerick – lyrics and chords

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The lyrics are about a man saying goodbye to his love as he must leave her.

 
Dm 
When first I came to the  
Bb 
county 
 
Limerick
 
There  
Am 
I was  
Em 
stationed at  
Dm 
sweet 
 
Rathkeale
 
There I fell courting a  
Bb 
handsome fair maid
 
She ap
Am 
peared to  
Em 
me like the  
Dm 
queen of  
F 
May.
 
I  
Dm 
asked her kindly  
Bb 
would she marry
 
Or  
Am 
would she  
Em 
be a  
Dm 
soldier’s 
 
wife
 
“O no kind sir, I would  
Bb 
rather 
 
tarry
 
Am 
I do  
Em 
choose a brave  
Dm 
single 
 
life.”

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Oh, fairest creature and pride of nature
Why do you differ from all female kind?
Because you’re gentle and young and handsome
To marry you, love I am inclined.
For you’re the fairest of Irish maidens
And you are fit, love, to be a queen
I wish I was in some battle wounded
Before your beautiful face I’d seen.

I wish I had you in Phoenix Island
One hundred miles from your native home
Or in some valley where no one would find us
You might incline, love, to be my own.
‘Tis there I’d cherish you, my loving jewel
If along with me you might incline to go
I’d sail you over to Pennsylvania
Bid adieu to old Ireland for evermore.

In the morning when I cannot see you
My heart lies bleeding for you all day
And in the evening when I can’t be near you
But those who are bound – love, they must obey.
Youth and folly make young men marry
So now no longer, love, can I stay
What can’t be cured must be endured
So farewell darling, I must away.

When First I Came to the County Limerick lyrics and chords print version

[Dm]When first I came to the [Bb]county Limerick
There [Am]I was [Em]stationed at [Dm]sweet Rathkeale
There I fell courting a [Bb]handsome fair maid
She ap[Am]peared to [Em]me like the [Dm]queen of [F]May.
I [Dm]asked her kindly [Bb]would she marry
Or [Am]would she [Em]be a [Dm]soldier’s wife
“O no kind sir, I would [Bb]rather tarry
[Am]I do [Em]choose a brave [Dm]single life.”

Oh, fairest creature and pride of nature
Why do you differ from all female kind?
Because you’re gentle and young and handsome
To marry you, love I am inclined.
For you’re the fairest of Irish maidens
And you are fit, love, to be a queen
I wish I was in some battle wounded
Before your beautiful face I’d seen.

I wish I had you in Phoenix Island
One hundred miles from your native home
Or in some valley where no one would find us
You might incline, love, to be my own.
‘Tis there I’d cherish you, my loving jewel
If along with me you might incline to go
I’d sail you over to Pennsylvania
Bid adieu to old Ireland for evermore.

In the morning when I cannot see you
My heart lies bleeding for you all day
And in the evening when I can’t be near you
But those who are bound – love, they must obey.
Youth and folly make young men marry
So now no longer, love, can I stay
What can’t be cured must be endured
So farewell darling, I must away.

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