John O'reilly Lyrics

Charlie Robison


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Charlie Robison, Charlie Fitzgerald Robison
album: Track 7 in album Step Right Up
release date: 2001
popularity : 36 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 3:33

Cover Art

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

[Chorus]
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

[Chorus]

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


HDCD 1
  • 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