Charlie Robison - John O'reilly Lyrics

Charlie Robison Step Right Up cover art
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My name is John O'Reilly
And my father worked the fields
In the hills of old Kilarny
Where I helped him turn the wheels
My arms grew hard as iron for a boy of 17
And I used my fists for gambling in those wet Kilarny streets

Well the ship left for America and I brought my pack aboard
Said goodbye to my dear Ireland said a prayer to my dear Lord
I fought those sorry guineas in the kitchen they called hell
I fought them for their dollar and those guineas paid me well

Fair thee well fair Dover
Fair thee well your seasons turn
For my pockets will be jingling on the day of my return
The day of my return

I fought in New York City and I fought the Jersey shore
My gut stayed full of whiskey and my bed stayed full of whores
They called my right a cannonball and my left they called the same
I left em' all lyin' half in blood and half in shame

I met a man on '32 and he stuck out his hand
And he offered me a thousand if I'd fall before his man
I said it could be done but only for another two
He smiled at me and nodded as I stuck it in my shoe


They rang the bell two times before I let him have my nose
And I let him work my left until my eye was swollen closed
Then I let loose a right that they still talk about today
For that guinea didn't know that I had bet the other way

They covered every dock and every port there on the coast
Looking for that double crosser who had turned into a ghost
But I was on a train my friend that rode the other way
And i'll sail from California back to Dublin one fine day
Track Listing
  • 1 Right Man for the Job
  • 2 The Preacher
  • 3 I Want You Bad
  • 4 Desperate Times
  • 5 The Wedding Song
  • 6 Sweet Inspiration
  • 7 John O'Reilly
  • 8 Tonight
  • 9 One in a Million
  • 10 It Comes to Me Naturally
  • 11 Rain
  • 12 Life of the Party

  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Charlie Robison, Charlie Fitzgerald Robison
    album: Track 7 in album Step Right Up
    release date: 2001
    popularity : 174 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country
    length: 3:33
    Album Information
    label: Lucky Dog
    country(area): United States
    format: HDCD
    barcode: 074646140420
    script: Latin