[G]I dreamt all last night O bad [C]cess to [Am]my [D]dreaming!
I'd [G]die if I [Em]thought 'twould come [A7]surely
I [G]dreamt while the tears down my [C]pillow [Am]were [D]streaming
That [G]Teddy was [E]courting a[A]nother
And [D]didn't I wake with a [D7]weeping and [G]wailing;
The [Em]grief in my heart was too [A]deep to
My [G]mother cried, "Nora, dear, [C]what is [Am]your [D]ailing?"
But [G]all I could [E]answer was [A]Teddy
I've seen the old cabin beyond the wee boreen;
I've seen the old crossroads where we used to dance.
the lane where he called me his storeen
And my girlish heart felt the thrill of romance.
But now all around me is so
sad and so dreary,
All dark and all silent -- no piper, no reel.
Not even the sun through my casement shines cheery
I left my darling boy Teddy O'Neill.
Shall I ever forget when the big ship was ready
And the time it was come for my love to depart?
How I cried
like a child, "Oh goodbye to you, Teddy,"
With a tear on my cheek and a stone in my heart.
He said 'twas far better
his fate he went roving,
But what would be gold to the joy I would feel
If he'd only come back to me, tender and loving,
poor, but my own darling Teddy O'Neill