Île de France

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Oh the night was dark and the clouds advanced
When a convict came to the Île de France;
Around his leg he wore a ring and chain
And his country was of the Shamrock Green.

‘I am of the Shamrock’, the convict cried,
‘Who has been tossed on the ocean wide.
For being unruly, I do declare,
I was doomed to transport for seven long years’.

‘When six long years they were been and done,
I was sailing home to make up the one,
When the winds did blow and the seas did roar
And I was cast a stranger on this foreign shore’.

And then the coastguard he played a part
And with some brandy he cheered the convict’s heart.
‘Although the night it is far advanced
You have found a friend on the Île de France’.

He wrote a letter all to the Queen
Concerning the wreck of the Shamrock Green;
His freedom came by a speedy post
For the absent convict they thought was lost.

‘God bless the coastguard’, the convict cried,
‘Who saved my life from the ocean wide.
I’ll drink his health in a flowing glass,
And here’s success to the Île de France’.


from My Father Told Me, released November 27, 2014
Marc Jacquier - guitar
Loïc Denis - pipes
Steve Byrne - bouzouki



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