As I walked out one morning early
All for to take the sweet Morning air,
'Twas there I spied a young Irish lady
Who seemed to me like diamonds fair.
I stepped up to her and kindly asked her
If she would be a young sailor's wife.
“Oh no,” said she, “ I will not marry,
I prefer to live a single life”.
Oh, what's the reason that youv won't marry ?
You differ from all female kind,
For you are young, both fair and handsome,
And sure to get married your mind's inclined.
“I could have been married to one John Reilly,
I could have been married three years ago,
But he has left me and crossed the ocean,
And he was the cause of my overthrow”.
“Do leave John Reilly and do disdain him,
And go with me to some foreign shore.
And we'll sail over to California,
And bid adieu to Reilly ever more.”
“I will not go with you to California,
I will not go with you to some foreign shore,
My heart's with Reilly, and ne'er can leave him,
Although I see him never more.”
And when he found that her love was loyal,
He gave her kisses, both one , two, and three,
Saying, “I'm the man you call John Reilly,
And I have come for to marry thee ! “