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C                         F       C
I remember the night that he came in 
         F                C
From the wintery cold and damp 
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat 
                  F             G
and a bundle that told he was a tramp 
   C                       F        C
He stood at the bar and he called a pint 
     F                       C
Then turned and gazed at the fire 
On a night like this, to be safe and dry 
      F            G
Is my one and only desire 
   C                        F        C
Ch  	So here's to those that are dead and gone 
The friends that I loved dear 
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And here's to you then I'll bid you adieu 
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Sayin' "Donegal Danny's been here, me boys, 
F       G            C
Donegal Danny's been here" 
Then in a voice that was hushed and low 
He said "Listen, I'll tell you a tale" 
How a man of the sea became a man of the road 
And never more will set sail 
I fished out of Howth and Killybegs, 
Ardglass and Baltimore 
But the cruel sea has beaten me 
And I'll end my days on the shore 


One fateful night in the wind and the rain 
We set sail from Killybegs town 
There were five of us from sweet Donegal 
And one from county Down 
We were fishermen who worked the sea 
And never counted the cost 
But I never thought 'ere that night was gone 
That my fine friends would all be lost 


Then the storm it broke and broke the boat 
With the rocks about ten miles from shore 
As we fought the tide, we hoped inside 
To see our homes once more 
Then we struck a rock and hold the bow 
And all of us knew that she'd go down 
So we jumped right into the icy sea 
And prayed to God we wouldn't drown 

But the ragin' sea was risin' still 
As we struck out for the land 
And she fought with all her cruelty 
To claim that gallant men 
By Saint John's point in the early dawn 
I dragged myself on the shore 
And I cursed the sea for what she'd done 
And vowed to sail her never more 


Ever since that night I've been on the road 
Travelin' and trying to forget 
That awful night I lost all my friends 
I see their faces yet 
And often at night when the sea is high 
And the rain is tearing at my skin 
I hear the cries of drowning men 
Floating over on the wind 

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