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Thread #14520   Message #125263
Posted By: Melbert
18-Oct-99 - 03:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Many Young Men of Twenty
Subject: Lyr Add: MANY YOUNG MEN OF TWENTY
I found this song on one of those cheap cassettes from Woolworths called (imaginatively) "The Best of Irish Ballads"

The lyrics are as below. Although it was sung by an Irish guy called John Aherne, the use of the words "glen" and "lassies" do suggest (to me at least) a Scots origin.

Many young men of twenty said goodbye
On that long day
from break of dawn until the sun was high
Many young men of twenty said goodbye

They loved the mountains and the glens
the lassies and the fine young men.
I saw the tear of every girl and boy
Many young men of twenty said goodbye

My boy Jimmy left that day
when the big ship sailed away
He sailed away and left me here to die
Many young men of twenty said goodbye

My Jimmy said he'd sail across the sea
He swore an oath
He'd sail back one day and marry me.
My Jimmy said he'd sail across the sea

But my Jimmy let me down
and now they mock me in the town
Oh my Jimmy please come back to me
Oh my Jimmy please come back to me.

The dawn was dark upon the mountain rim
The day he left
I knew I bore the living child of him.
I knew I bore the living child of him

And that child is borne to me
My Jimmy's far across the sea
The dawn is dark on upon the mountain rim
Here I stand and wait for my love Jim.
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-Joe Offer-