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McAlpines Crew You roving blades and winsome maids that hopes to emigrate To England's soil to work and toil and wealth accumulate Consider well before you go what lies in store for you Take my advice and think twice 'ere you join McAlpine's crew From Dun Laoghaire quay I sailed away all in the month of June The boat it sped and Hollyhead it was in full view soon To Camden town I then went down my work for to pursue To carry bricks and mortar mix all in McAlpine's crew The foreman's bark from dawn to dark was "Boys make no delay For if you do I'm telling you, I'll dock it from your pay" The Sunday Mass to him alas was something rather new Likewise to many other boys all in McAlpine's crew From dawn to dark each day I'd work, each day that God did send For to make a bob and keep me job, for on it I did depend Until at length it broke my strength, consumption followed too And a lonely man lay in the sand, and cursed McAlpine's crew And now at last I'm back at home, I'm back in Aughamore And, truth to tell, I'm getting well , much wiser than before Oh Camden Town on you I frown - its no wonder that I do So in God's own land I'll make me stand and curse McAlpine's crew. Note: Two other verses exist. Air is "Skibereen". MR apr97
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