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THE FERRYMAN

From the Pete St. John Songbook:

THE FERRYMAN
(Pete St. John)

Oh, the little boats are gone from the breast of Anna Liffey.
The ferrymen are stranded on the quay.
Sure the Dublin Docks are dyin' and a way of life is gone,
And, Molly, it was part of you and me.

CHORUS: Where the Strawberry Beds sweep down to the Liffey,
You kiss away the worries from my brow,.
I love you well today and I'll love you more tomorrow.
If you've ever loved me, Molly, love me now.

'Twas the only job I knew. It was hard but never lonely.
The Liffey ferry made a man of me.
Now it's gone without a whisper, half forgotten even now,
And it's over, Molly, over, can't you see? CHORUS

Now I'll tend the yard and I'll spend my days in talkin',
And I'll hear them whisper, "Charlie's on the dole,"
But, Molly, we're still livin' and, darlin', we're still young,
And the river never owned me heart and soul. CHORUS

Words and music by Pete St. John.

From The Fields of Athenry: Songs of Pete St. John (Soodlum, 1985)

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