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The Green Fields of America Songtext

Farewell to the groves of shillelagh and the shamrock
Farewell to the girls of old Ireland all 'round
And may their hearts be as merry as ever they could wish for
As far away o'er the ocean I'm bound

My father is old and my mother's right feeble
To leave their own country, it would grieve their heart sore
Oh, the tears down their cheeks, in great floods they are rolling
To think that I must die upon some far and foreign shore

But what matter to me, where my bones they may lie buried
If in peace and contentment I can spend my life
The green fields of Amerikay, they daily are calling
It's there I'll find an end to my misery and strife

So pack up your sea stores now, consider it no longer
Ten dollars a week isn't very bad pay
With no taxes or tithe there to devour up your wages
Across on the green fields of Amerikay

The lint dams are gone and the looms are lying idle
Gone are the winders of baskets and creels
And away o'er the ocean, go journeyman cowboys
And fiddlers who play out the old mountain reels

Ah, but I mind the time when old Ireland was flourishing
And most of her tradesmen did work for good pay
Ah, but since our manufacturers have crossed the Atlantic
Well, it's now that I must follow onto Amerikay

And now to conclude and to finish my ditty
If e'er a friendless Irishman should happen my way
With the best in the house, I will greet him and welcome him
At home on the green fields of Amerikay

So pack up your sea stores now, consider it no longer
Ten dollars a week isn't very bad pay
With no taxes or tithe there to devour up your wages
Across on the green fields of Amerikay
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Album The Celtic Harp (1993)

The Chieftains
  1. 1.
    MacAllistrum’s March (Máirseail Alasdroim)
  2. 2.
    Tribute to Bunting
  3. 3.
    The Parting of Friends / Kerry Fling
  4. 4.
    Planxty Bunting
  5. 5.
    Madame Cole
  6. 6.
    The Blackbird
  7. 7.
    Táimse ’im Chodladh
  8. 8.
    Sonny Brogan’s Mazurkas
  9. 9.
    The Wild Geese
  10. 10.
    The Green Fields of America
  11. 11.
    Carolan’s Concerto
  12. 12.
    The Lament for Limerick
The Chieftains - The Green Fields of America
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