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Back Home in Derry  Christy Moore

   In [Am]1803 we [Em]sailed out to sea
   [G]Out from the [D]sweet town of [Am]Derry
   [Am]For Australia bound if we [Em]didn't all drown
   And the [G]marks of our [D]fetters we [Am]carried
   In our [Am]rusty iron chains we [Em]sighed for our weans
   Our [Am]good women we left in [Em]sorrow
   As the [Am]mainsails unfurled, our [Em]curses we hurled
   On the [G]English, and [D]thoughts of [Am]tomorrow

      [C]Oh..O[G]h... I w[Am]ish I was b[G]ack home in D[Am]erry
      [C]Oh..[G]Oh... I w[Am]ish I was b[G]ack home in D[Am]erry

At the mouth of the Foyle, bid farewell to the soil
As down below decks we were lying
O'Doherty screamed, woken out of a dream
By a vision of bold Robert dying
The sun burned cruel as we dished out the gruel
Dan O'Connor was down with a fever
Sixty rebels today bound for Botany Bay
How many will meet their receiver

I cursed them to hell as her bow fought the swell
Our ship danced like a moth in the firelight
White horse rode high as the devil passed by
Taking souls to Hades by twilight
Five weeks out to sea, we were now forty-three
Our comrades we buried each morning
In our own slime we were lost in a time
Of endless night without dawning

Van Diemen's land is a hell for a man
To live out his whole life in slavery
Where the climate is raw

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