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Day Too Long

This song is by Anthony John Clarke and appears on the album Lively at the Davy Lamp / The Man With the Golden Plectrum (2009).

I saw the big ship leaving
Roxy saw it too
You were never bad enough for me, darling
I was never good enough for you

Those little moments late at night
When for no darn reason
You'd wake up and fight
I've stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long

She said the castle was a mystery, could I tell her its history
What didn't I know
It's just a pile of stones, they've always been there
I've never had a reason to go

Sometimes it's better just to follow your nose
She was banging on the doors
But the castle was closed
I've stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long

Goodness me, it's no distance from Antrim to Afland
We could leave the car here and all be in Scotland for tea
And Roxy looked for the ferry to take us to Dublin town
Oh, but it might have been better if they'd all just stayed here with me

Was that the rain on my back, was that the wind in my face
Was it the shingle shore
Or just sitting on the same wooden bench
We'd shared back in 'seventy-four

I smoked, I told her some jokes
Drank some whiskey and Cokes
She got me drunk as a lord
And I stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long
I know I stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long

Glory be, I hoped I'd be better than nothing
And if you want something pretty to look at, go look at that sea
You had time on your hands and we loved the same bands
You walked far too quickly, I could not hold hands
But if that's okay with you, darling, hey, it's okay by me

She said the castle was a mystery, could I tell her its history
But I didn't know
I guess I stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long
I guess I stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long
I guess I stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long
I guess I stayed in Carrickfergus a day too long