"Donegal Danny" has been recorded by many Irish artists, including many balladeers from that beautiful county, such as Margo and John Kerr. Here are the words:
I remember the night that he came in from the wintry cold and damp,
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat and a bundle that told he was a tramp.
He stood at the bar and called a pint, then turned and gazed at the fire.
“On the night like this to be safe and dry is my one and only desire.”
(Chorus:) So here's to those who are dead and gone, the friends I love so dear.
And here's to you, as I bid you adieu, say Donegal Danny's been here, me boys,
Donegal Danny's been here.
Then in a voice that was hushed and low he said, “Listen and I'll tell you all a tale:
How a man of the sea became a man of the road and vowed to nevermore set sail.
I fished out of Ards and Killybegs, Ardglass and Baltimore,
But the cruel sea has beaten me and I'll end my days on the shore.
That fateful night in the wind and rain we set sail from Killybegs town.
There was five of us from Donegal and one from County Down.
We were fishermen who worked the sea and never counted the cost,
But I never thought ere that night was o'er that my five friends would all be lost. (Chorus)
Then the sea had broke and it drove the boat on the rocks about ten miles from shore,
But we fought the tide and hoped inside we'd see our homes once more.
Then we struck a rock and holed the bow and all of us knew that she'd go down.
We jumped right into the icy sea and prayed to God we wouldn't drown.
Ever since that night I've been on the road, travelling and trying to forget
That awful night I lost all my friends. I see their faces yet.
And often at night when the wind is high and the rain is tearing at my skin,
I hear the cries of drowning men floating over on the wind. (Chorus)