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Donegal Danny was a tramp who had been a sailor - he had a hard time of it all and with a pint of beer told his story to those who had gathered around him at the warm fire in the pub.

Donegal Danny

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So here's to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I left here
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 And here's to you then I'll bid you adieu
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 Since Donegal Danny's been here me boys,
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Donegal Danny's been here


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 I remember the night when he came in
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 The evening was stormy and damp
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat
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And a bundle which showed he was a tramp
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 He stood at the bar and called for a pint
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 And turned to gaze into the fire
 On a night like this to be safe and warm
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 Is my hearts only desire
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 Then in a voice that was hushed and low
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He said: "listen I'll tell you a tale
How a man of the sea became a man of the road
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 And never more will get sail
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 I've fished out of Howth and Killybegs,
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  Ardglass and Baltimore
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 But the cruel sea has beaten me and I'll end me days on the shore

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 One fateful night in the wind and the rain
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We set sail from Killybeys town,
There were five of us from sweet Donegal
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 And one from County Down,
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We were fishermen who worked the sea
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And never counted the cost

But I never thought'ere that night was done
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That my fine friends would all be lost

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 Then the storm it broke and drove the boat to the rocks about
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 Ten miles from shore,
As we fought the tide we hoped inside to
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 See our homes once more
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 Than we struck a rock and holed the bow
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And all of us knew that
 She'd go down so we jumped right into
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The icy sea and prayed to God we wouldn't drown

 But the raging sea was rising still as we struck out for the land