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Roud Folk Song Index #911

This is the American version of the Irish song Siúil a ruin. During the American Revolutionary War, this song was sung as “Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier”. Shule (suil) agra means “go, my dear” The meaning of the chorus is “may you walk safely, my beloved” - appropriate for either version!

    Shule Agra

    by trad
    I would I were on yonder hill
    tis there I’d sit and cry my fill
    Till every tear would turn a mill
    Is go de tu, ma vour nin slan

    I’ll sell my rack I’ll sell my reel
    and then I’ll sell my spinning wheel
    for to buy my love a sword of steel
    Is go detu, mavour-nin-slan

    I’ll dye my petticoat, I’ll dye it red
    and round the world I’ll beg my bread
    until my parents shall wish me dead
    Is go detu, mavour-nin-slan

    But now my love has gone to France
    to try his fortune to advance
    if he ever comes back, tis but a chance
    Is go detu, mavour-nin-slan