HOLY GROUND

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  • “The Holy Ground” is a local place name in the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the
    southern coast of Ireland. The song “The Holy Ground” is named after this area. The
    name is ironic, the piece of ground known as the Holy Ground was once the town’s red-
    light district in the 19th century when the town, then known as Queenstown, was a major
    stopping point for ships crossing the Atlantic and had a large throughput of seafarers.
    There were plans to build a new yachting marina on the foreshore in front of the Holy
    Ground, but this is now uncertain. The song has been performed by the Clancy Brothers,
    The Dubliners, The Jolly Rogers, the Poxy Boggards, Mary Black and Beatnik Turtle to
    name a few.
    Fare thee well, my lovely Dinah,
    A thousand times adieu.
    For we’re going away from the Holy Ground
    And the girls we all love true.
    We will sail the salt seas over
    And then return for shore
    And still I live in hope to see
    The Holy Ground once more.
    [Fine Girl You Are]
    You’re the girl that I adore,
    And still I live in hope to see
    the Holy Ground once more.
    [Fine Girl You Are]
    Now when we’re out a-sailing
    And you are far behind
    Fine letters will I write to you
    With the secrets of my mind,
    The secrets of my mind, my girl,
    You’re the girl that I adore,
    And still I live in hope to see
    The Holy Ground once more.
    [Fine Girl You Are]
    Oh now the storm is raging
    And we are far from shore;
    The poor old ship she’s sinking fast
    And the riggings they are tore.
    The night is dark and dreary,
    We can scarcely see the moon,
    But still I live in hope to see

    the Holy Ground once more.

  • [Fine Girl You Are]
    And now the storm is over
    And we are safe and well.
    We will go into a public house
    And we’ll sit and drink like hell.
    We will drink strong ale and porter
    And we’ll make the rafters roar,
    And when our money is all spent
    We will go to sea once more.