The little boats are gone from the banks of Anna Liffey
The ferrymen are stranded on the quays
The Dublin docks is dying, and a way of life is gone
And Molly, it was part of you and me
Where the strawberry beds sweep down to the Liffey
You kiss away the worries from my brow
I love you well today and I'll love you more tomorrow
If you ever loved me, Molly, love me now
It was the only life I knew, it was hard but never lonely
The River Liffey made a man of me
Now it's gone without a whisper, forgotten even now
Sure it's over, Molly-- over, can't you see
So now I'll tend the yard and I'll spend my days in talking
And I hear them whisper "Charlie's on the dole"
But Molly, we're still living, and darling, we're still young
And that river never owned me heart and soul.
Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.
He performs and
records Irish traditional standards; skillfully crafted original songs and compositions; and discerning covers of contemporary Irish and American songwriters such as Pete St. John, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.