From Derry quay we sailed away on the 23rd of May
We were taken on board by a pleasant crew, bound for Amerikay
Fresh water then we did take on, five thousand gallons or more,
In case we'd run short going to New York
Far away from the shamrock shore.

So fare thee well sweet Liza dear, and likewise unto Derry town.
And twice farewell to my comrade boys,
Who dwell on that sainted ground.
If fame or fortune should favor me, and I to have money in store
I'll come back and I'll wed the wee lassie I left
On Paddy's green shamrock shore.

At twelve o'clock we came in sight of famous Malin head.
And Inishtrahull far to the right stood out on the ocean's bend.
A grander sight ne'er met my eyes than e'er I saw before,
As the sun going down twixt sea and sky
Far away from the shamrock shore.

We sailed three days, we were all seasick, not a man on board was free.
We were all confined unto our bunks, and no one to pity poor me.
No father kind, nor mother dear, to lift up my head which was sore,
Which made me think more on the lassie I left
On Paddy's green shamrock shore.

We safely reached the other side, in 15 and 20 days.
We were taken as passengers by a man,
And led round in six different ways.
Then each of us drank a parting glass, in case we'd meet no more
And we drank a health to auld Ireland,
And Paddy's green shamrock shore.