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SKIBBEREEN . Irish, Air (4/4 time). E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The air is used for other songs, including “McAlpine’s Crew.” The first two lines go:
O, Father dear, I ofttimes heard you talk of Erin's Isle,
Her valleys green, her lofty scene, her mountains rude and wild;
You said it was a pleasant place wherein a prince might dwell,
Why have you then forsaken her, the reason to me tell?
My son, I loved our native land with energy and pride
Until a blight fell on the land and sheep and cattle died,
The rents and taxes were to pay, I could not them redeem,
And that's the cruel reason why I left Old Skibbereen.
The song was recorded by the Dubliners.