Farewell To Carlingford

Tommy Makem

When I was young and in my prime

And could wander wild and free

There was always a longing in my mind

To follow the call of the sea


So, I'll sing farewell to Carlingford

And farewell to Greenore

And I'll think of you both day and night

Until I return once more

Until I return once more

On all of the stormy seven seas

I have sailed before the mast

And on every voyage I ever made

I swore it would be my last


Now, I had a girl called Mary Doyle

And she lived in Greenore

And the foremost thought was in her mind

Was to keep me safe on shore


Now, the landsman's life is all his own

He can go or he can stay

But when the sea gets in your blood

When she calls, you must obey