Banks of the Lee, The

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  • Teideal (Title): Banks of the Lee, The.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 853909.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): song.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Lucy Simpson.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 15/01/1980.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): private.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

At the youthful age of twenty-one I left my dear old home
Like many a youth before me among strangers for to roam
Trying to make a living in a land across the sea
Three thousand miles from Ireland on the banks of the Lee

I’ll never forget the morning I left my dear old home
The sun it was shining brightly, the mountains they looked red
I kissed my aged parents, their grief was plain to see
But I left them far behind me on the banks of the Lee.

I also left my own true love, her name was Miss Maguire
It’s many’s the happy day I spent beside her father’s fire.
I promised her that I’ll return and married we would be
In my dear old home in Ireland on the banks of the Lee.

Through honest work and labour a rich man I have grown.
I mean to go back to Ireland, and never more to roam.
The big ship, she is sailing and soon I will be
In my dear old home in Ireland, on the banks of the Lee.

Now that I’m home in Ireland, I nevermore will roam.
I met with my friends and neighbours the night that I came o’er.
I also met my own true love, and married we will be
In my dear old home in Ireland on the banks of the Lee.