The first of my courtship that ever was known,
I straight took my way
to the County Tyrone;
Where among the pretty fair maids they used me well there
And they called me the stranger, and
the Rambler from Clare.
'Twas then I enlisted in the town of Fermoy
But with so many masters I could not comply,
I deserted next morning, the truth I declare
And for Limerick town started the Rambler from Clare.
took my way to the town of Tralee
Where I fell a-courting young Sally Magee
I first gained her favor and then left
So now they're in search of the Rambler from Clare.
When like a deserter my case to bewail
captured and taken in the town of Rathkale;
Then off to headquarters I had to repair
And in the Black Hole lay the
Rambler from Clare.
I took off my hat and I made a low bow,
In hopes that the Colonel would pardon me now,
pardon he gave me was hard and severe
'Twas "Bind him! Confine him! He's the Rambler from Clare."
My poor innocent
mother got a woeful surprise
And my loving brother his shouts reached the skies.
"Brave boys," said my father, "Your
arms now prepare
To bring me my darling, the Rambler from Clare."
'Twas then we assembled in harmonious throng
With our guns on our shoulders, we were ten thousand strong,
The firing began with our boys in the rear
the gaol doors and took the Rambler from Clare.
We marched along then through the Barony of Forth
Where some of
our heroes lay in camp before
The firing began, and I can't tell you where
But our chief commander was the Rambler
Now that I've got the title of a United man
I cannot stay home in my own native land
So off to
America I must quickly repair
And leave all my friends in the sweet County Clare.
Farewell to my comrades wherever
Likewise to my sweetheart, young Sally Magee
Our ship she is ready and the wind it blows fair
He is gone,
God be with him, the Rambler from Clare.