Henrik Norbeck's ABC Tunes

Display tune: Back Home in Derry

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X:78
T:Back Home in Derry
R:song
C:Lyrics by Bobby Sands (1954-1981), tune by Gordon Lightfoot (Canada)
Z:id:hn-song-78
M:3/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=140
K:Ador
G2 | A2 A2 A2 | A2 (B2 A2) | G2 E2 E2 | E6 |
G2 G2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | E2 A,4- | A,4
G2 | A2 A2 A2 | A2 B2 A2 | G2 E2 E2 | E4
EF | G2 G2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | E2 A,4- | A,4 ||
G2 | A2 A2 A2 | A2 (B2 A2) | G2 E2 E2 | E4
GG | A2 A4 | A2 B2 A2 | G2 E4- | E4
GG | A2 A2 A2 | A2 (B2 A2) | G2 E2 E2 | E4
EF | G2 G2 GG | F2 E2 D2 | E2 A4- | A6 ||
(c6- | c2 B2 A2) | (B6- | B2 A2 G2) |
A2 A2 A2 | G2 A2 B2 | B2 A4- | A6 |
(c6- | c2 B2 A2) | (B6- | B2 A2 G2) |
A2 A2 A2 | G2 A2 B2 | B2 A4- | A6 ||
W:In 1803 we sailed out to sea
W:Out from the sweet town of Derry
W:For Australia bound if we didn't all drown
W:And the marks of our fetters we carried.
W:In rusty iron chains we sighed for our wains
W:As our good wives we left in sorrow.
W:As the mainsails unfurled our curses we hurled
W:On the English and thoughts of tomorrow.
W:
W:Chorus:
W:Oh, oh... I wish I was back home in Derry.
W:Oh, oh... I wish I was back home in Derry.
W:
W:At the mouth of the Foyle, bid farewell to the soil
W:As down below decks we were lying
W:O'Doherty screamed, woken out of a dream
W:By a vision of bold Robert dying
W:The sun burned cruel as we dished out the gruel
W:Dan O'Connor was down with a fever
W:Sixty rebels today bound for Botany Bay
W:How many will meet their receiver
W:
W:Chorus
W:
W:I cursed them to hell as our bow fought the swell.
W:Our ship danced like a moth in the firelight.
W:White horses rode high as the devil passed by
W:Taking souls to Hades by twilight.
W:Five weeks out to sea we were now forty-three
W:Our comrades we buried each morning.
W:In our own slime we were lost in a time.
W:Of endless night without dawning.
W:
W:Chorus
W:
W:Van Diemen's land is a hell for a man
W:To live out his life in slavery.
W:Where the climate is raw and the gun makes the law.
W:Neither wind nor rain care for bravery.
W:Twenty years have gone by and I've ended me bond
W:My comrades' ghosts walk behind me.
W:A rebel I came and I'm still the same.
W:On the cold winds of night you will find me.
W:
W:Chorus


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