“Erin A'Green”


The singer is forced by Peggy's father and brothers to leave Armathy for Canada on the day they were to be married. "It's for loving this fair one, and that was a small crime, That I am transported away for a time" but he will return to Erin a'green.

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Erin A'Green
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From Helen Creighton, Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick,
#11, pp. 34-35. Collected from Angelo Dornan, Elgin, N. B.

O sad is my fate as I sit here and ponder
To watch the blue waves swelling round,
For to think that my footsteps will never more wander
Upon my beloved Irish ground.
For to think that I must my dear parents forsake
And myself to some far land of strangers betake,
But where shall be no distance my constancy shake
Though I'm far from sweet Erin a'green.

(5 additional stanzas)

Cross references


  1. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 11, "Erin A'Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrSNB011 (Partial)
  3. Roud #2789
  4. BI, CrSNB011


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Creighton-SNewBrunswick)
Found in: Canada(Mar)