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When The Boys Come Rolling Home

(Tommy Sands)

[Southern Sunset]


I always will remember the day we went away
Sailing out of Belfast in the morning
Our thoughts were on tomorrow as we kissed the girls goodbye
But our dreams were on the day of our returning

And there'll be dancing, romancing
And never more we'll roam
There'll be rolling in the hay, and whiskey in the tae*
When the boys come rolling home

We safely reached the other side in New York City fair
In spite of wind and rain and stormy weather
We all sat down to drink a glass and wished each other well
But we said that we'd come home again together

Now Joe he went to Boston and Jim to Montreal
And Pat went out as far as California
I used to get some letters then but I can't find one at all
But they always spoke of Ireland and returning

I must be over ninety now, me grandson's by the bed
And I'm still here in Tampa and still scheming
He says he'll take me back again to rest my weary head
And I'll leave him a legacy of dreaming

*tae: tea