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Donegal Danny

I remember the night that he came in
From the wintery cold and damp
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat
And a bundle that told he was a tramp
He stood at the bar and he called for a pint
And turned and gazed at the fire
On a night like this to be safe and dry, is my hearts only desire

So here's to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I love dear
And here's to you, and I'll bid you adieu
Since Donegal Danny's been here me boys,
Donegal Danny's been here

Then in a voice that was hushed and low, said listen I'll tell you a tale
How a man of the sea became a man of the roads
And never more will set sail
I've 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 done
That my fine friends would all be lost


Then the storm it broke and drove the boat
To the rocks about Ten miles from shore,
As we fought the tide we hoped inside to see our homes once more
Than we struck a rock and holed 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 raging sea was rising still, as we struck out for the land
And she fought with all her cruelty, to claim that gallant band
By St 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
Travelling 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 the rain is tearing at me skin
I hear the cries of drowning men floating on the wind

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