O Father dear, I often hear you speak of Erin's Isle
Her lofty scenes, her valleys green, her mountains rude
They say it is a lovely land wherein a prince might
Oh why did you abandon it? The reason, to me tell.
O son, I loved my native land with energy and pride
'Til a blight came o'er my crops, my sheep and cattle
My rent and taxes were too high, I could not them redeem
And that's the cruel reason that I left old Skibbereen.
O well do I remember the bleak December day
The landlord and the sheriff came to drive us all away
They set my roof on fire with cursed English spleen
And that's another reason that I left old Skibbereen.
Your mother too, God rest her soul, fell on the snowy
She fainted in her anguish, seeing the desolation round
She never rose, but passed away from life to mortal
And found a quiet grave, my boy, in dear old Skibbereen.
And you were only two years old and feeble was your
I could not leave you with my friends, you bore your
I wrapped you in my cothamore at the dead of night unseen
I heaved a sigh and bade good-bye to dear old Skibbereen.
O Father dear, the day may come when in answer to
Each Irishman, with feeling stern, will rally one and
I'll be the man to lead the van beneath the flag of
When loud and high, we'll raise the cry:..