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The Arabic

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"The Arabic" (2011) on the album John Doyle - Shadow & Light(2011).

"The Arabic" Videos

John Doyle - The Arabic !
John Doyle - The Arabic !
"The Arabic", John Doyle
"The Arabic", John Doyle
John Doyle - SS Arabic
John Doyle - SS Arabic
John Doyle - The Arabic - O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat 2011
John Doyle - The Arabic - O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat 2011
John Doyle - Willie Taylor
John Doyle - Willie Taylor
John Doyle Spotlight (2)- The Arabic
John Doyle Spotlight (2)- The Arabic
John Doyle - Captain Glenn
John Doyle - Captain Glenn
John Doyle - Fall Down Billy O'Shea
John Doyle - Fall Down Billy O'Shea
The Arabic (story and song) - John Doyle
The Arabic (story and song) - John Doyle
'The Cocks Are Crowing' by John Doyle
'The Cocks Are Crowing' by John Doyle
John Doyle - Selkie
John Doyle - Selkie
John Doyle sings "The Arabic" at O'Flaherty Irish Retreat 2011
John Doyle sings "The Arabic" at O'Flaherty Irish Retreat 2011
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle. Perform at Warwick Folk Festival 2012
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle. Perform at Warwick Folk Festival 2012
John Doyle - Month of January
John Doyle - Month of January
Echo Sessions 26 - John Doyle - Full Show
Echo Sessions 26 - John Doyle - Full Show
John Doyle - Miner's Life
John Doyle - Miner's Life
Clear the Way - John Doyle
Clear the Way - John Doyle
Popular Videos - John Doyle
Popular Videos - John Doyle
John Doyle & Toby Shaer - Apprentice Boy
John Doyle & Toby Shaer - Apprentice Boy
John Doyle - Bound for Botany Bay
John Doyle - Bound for Botany Bay

Lyrics

In the stony grey soil through hardship and toil,
Roscommon's rough lands they owned me.
Digging potatoes and ploughing the earth,
As my family did long before me.
But I swore I would furrow, plant my own seed,
Rise from my knees and stand proudly.
America, I swore, or some foreign shore,
Would grant the life I dream of surely.

So I saved up the money, my passage to pay,
And braved the world early one morning.
I bid adieu to my family among grief and tears,
As they feared there was no returning.
On the White Star Line I'd soon sail away,
Although the Great War was still raging.
I walked the long days, to Queenstown made way,
Till the Arabic it loomed far above me.

Who knows what fate brings, what life has in store?
We peer through a looking glass dimly.
As I stepped on board, and steerage went toward,
Below decks a dread chill spread o'er me.
At last we weighed anchor, ploughed o'er the main,
The last hint of land dimming slowly.
We zigzagged our course for fear of the worst,
And the wor
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