I am a navigational and I come from County Cork,
And I had to leave me native home to find a job of work.
The crops were bad in Ireland and the tax too much to pay
And so here I am in England digging up the waterway.
Once I was a ploughman and I did a decent job,
I worked from dawn 'til darkness just to earn me copule o' bob,
But when the praties died on us I couldn't pay me way,
And so here I am in England ploughing up the waterway.
The lads who built the waterway they are a motley crew,
And when we've sweated all day long we like a drink or two,
The local folk don't take to use, but still I'm proud to say,
In years to come our monument will be the waterway.
Singing Together, Spring 1981, BBC Publications
The notes say "Words and music by Ian Campbell taken from Come listen
published by Ginn & Co Ltd." I know the tune from versions of The Roving Journeyman
, but I am not sure with tune came first.