Donegal Danny Lyrics

The Irish Brigade
1
I remember the night when he came in
From the wintery cold and damp
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat
With the bundle which told he was a tramp
He stood at the bar and called a pint
Then turned and gazed at the fire
On a night like this to be safe and dry
Is my one and only desire

So it’s here’s to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And it’s here’s to you then I’ll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny’s been here me boys
Donegal Danny’s been here!

2
Then in a voice that was hushed and low he said:
Listen I’ll tells you a tale
How a man of the sea became a man of the road
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

So it’s here’s to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And it’s here’s to you then I’ll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny’s been here me boys
Donegal Danny’s been here!

3
One fateful night in the wind and 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 when that night was done
That my true friends would all be lost

So it’s here’s to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And it’s here’s to you then I’ll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny’s been here me boys
Donegal Danny’s been here!

4
Then the storm it broke and it 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
Then we struck a rock and it 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

So it’s here’s to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And it’s here’s to you then I’ll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny’s been here me boys
Donegal Danny’s been here!

5
But the ragin’ sea was rising still
As we struck out for the land
And she fought with all of her cruelty
To claim that gallant band
By St John’s Point in the early morn’
I dragged myself on the shore
And I cursed the sea for what she’d done
And vowed to sail her never more

So it’s here’s to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And it’s here’s to you then I’ll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny’s been here me boys
Donegal Danny’s been here!

6
Ever since that night I’ve been on the road
Travelling and trying to forget
That awful night when 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

So it’s here’s to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And it’s here’s to you I’ll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny’s been here me boys
Donegal Danny’s been here!

So here’s to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And it’s here’s to you then I’ll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny’s been here me boys
Donegal Danny’s been here!

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