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I am being sent off on a prison ship and I suspect that it is not going to be for a party or some other fun event.


By the lonely prison wall
    F                            C         G  G7
 I heard a young girl calling,
 C                          F                 G    G7            
 Michael, they are taking you away,
              C                       F
 For you stole Trevelyn's corn,
             C                               G
 So the young might see the morn,
            G                       G7                  C   F  C
 Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.

C       F          C                     Am
Low, lie the fields of Athenry,
             C                                 Am                     G  G7
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
       C                          F
Our love was on the wing,
              C                                 G
We had dreams and songs to sing
            G                         G7                   C  F  C
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.

By a lonely prison wall
  F                              C     G  G7
I heard a young man calling,
 C                        F                           G   G7
Nothing matters Mary when you're free,
                   C                        F                       
Against the Famine and the Crown,
      C                             G
I rebelled they ran me down,
               G                      G7                  C  F  C
Now you must raise our child with dignity.


By a lonely harbour wall
        F                                C      G  G7 
She watched the last star fall - ing
               C                         F                         G   G7       
And that prison ship sailed out against the sky
                  C                            F
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
             C                   G
For her love in Botany Bay,
           G                        G7                  C  F  C
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.