The Lonesome Boatman

by Bobby Sands

In the middle of the sleeping lake
The Lonesome boatman dwells,
Around him rise the bracken hills
The dreamy glens and dells.
The skies are red and rolling
Tinted in the twilight's velvet hue
The ragged scarecrow peers in relief
To where the crackling crows have flown.

The lonesome boatman doesn't move
His clothes are old and worn
Oh, lonesome boatman reveal to me why,
Why you look forlorn.
Is it life's sorrows
Or a forgotten memory that you have found
Or do you listen to the wind
For the boatmen you've seen drown?

Oh, lonesome boatman, there's a gleaming star
High above your head.
The waters glisten in the dusk
Are they tears that you have shed?
Oh, lonesome boatman, the birds are here,
The morning shadows fall.
Oh, friends, why must you be
But a dying shadow on my lonely cell wall. by Roisin Dubh

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48 Responses to The Lonesome Boatman

  1. AnitaMargita says:

    Another music post! ๐Ÿ˜€ Great choice. :up:

  2. Stardancer says:

    Wow, Darko. That was really special. Thanks for sharing.:smile:

  3. gdare says:

    Thank you Ana. Glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Spaggyj says:

    IRA activist? :left: I see..

  5. Spaggyj says:

    Very thought-provoking.

  6. Dacotah says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Spaggyj says:

    Wow. Didn't realise the guy was made MP! Can't say I feel for him, but no wonder he was left so sad and lonely.

  8. gdare says:

    Carol, don`t be :awww: I like Irish drinking songs, most of them are sad and happy and dancing :DKimmie, here is a link if you like to know more about him

  9. gdare says:

    Carol, :cheers:Kimmie, exactly what I thought. I am not much into poems, especially if they are in foreign language (I got easilly lost) but liked this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Minenow says:

    The picture painted was so vivid. I like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Dacotah says:


  12. gdare says:

    Star, you are welcome :)Kimmie, the poem was written by Bobby Sands, a 27 years old IRA activist who died in 1981. after 66 days of hunger strike. I am not so inerested in his political acitivities but found both a song and poem very nice. They share sadness and loneliness.

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  15. wickedlizard says:

    I really enjoyed that! Thanks for sharing!!! :up:

  16. gdare says:

    That`s much better ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Spaggyj says:

    Thanks for the education, Dark. :sst: you underestimate your grasp of the english language. You're amazingly good.

  18. PainterWoman says:

    Beautiful but sad poem and that flute had such a haunting sound to it.

  19. Furie says:

    The guy's already preparing himself for martyrdom with this poem.

  20. SqueakeyCat says:

    very nice song

  21. gdare says:

    Thank you, all. I was listening a cd I`ve bought few years ago, band is called Cruiskeen and they held a concert in some pub in Ireland. One of the songs was The Lonesome Boatman. Googling about it I have found this poem and a story about Bobby Sands.Kimmie, thank you, I am trying hard ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. ellinidata says:

    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ shame that a brain like his,is not around any longer!a heart felt poem Darko,thaanks for sharing ! :heart:

  23. gdare says:

    You are welcome, Angeliki ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. risis1977 says:

    Hai darko, :DSorry i was late for the new one..But i just online and got notice that you have a new post..and here i'm ..I love those words..And thanks for sharing…

  25. risis1977 says:

    Thanks darko..:up:

  26. gdare says:

    Someone hacked your blog? I guess it was someone who knows you and hacked your password…Well, good to see you back :up:

  27. gdare says:

    Hi Risis, nice to see you again ๐Ÿ™‚ You are not late at all, I posted it last evening ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. risis1977 says:

    Am i?..i thouht i was late..:Di almost 13 days wasn't tobe online, bcuz we had issues that some hacker could screwed up our blog..and i don't know how they do it..just worried and decided not tobe online for awhile..

  29. Marike79 says:

    Hi Darko :DNice poem and I liked the song :yes:

  30. gdare says:

    Hi Marike, long time no see ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Marike79 says:

    Yeah, been busy at work and my mom was sick. She's much better now and work has slowed down ๐Ÿ™‚ How you been?

  32. gdare says:

    I don`t have too much to work in office but spend most of the evenings at home because my grandma is not doing well. She is old and… well, you know.It was a bit slow here in My Opera but I expect it to run faster soon :yes:

  33. Marike79 says:

    I kinda do know. I had to look after my step dad while my mom was sick and he's old too. I saw many people were away for sometime but are comming back slowly. :happy: I'm thinking of a new post but can only think music right now. It always bring memories (good and bad) I've been listening to Def Leppard – love bites alot these last few days.

  34. Furie says:

    Now that's a classic. Kim and I piss ourselves laughing at the lyrics to that.

  35. Furie says:

    Look up Love Bites lyrics and tell us if you think the writer has ever had sex before. ๐Ÿ˜†

  36. gdare says:

    Marike, music post is a nice excuse for being lazy to write something else. But it feels so good :happy:Mik, to lyrics of Def Leppard? I am not sure I know any of their songs….

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  39. Minenow says:

    Hello Risis. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  40. gdare says:

    Mik, you mean in this part?"I don't wanna touch you too much baby 'Cos making love to you might drive me crazy"Well, it looks as if he was bored when he made that song ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. Furie says:

    Every part of it. ๐Ÿ˜†

  42. gdare says:


  43. Minenow says:

    *gives the cute kitty a cookie* Cheer up sweetie. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have their greatest hits! :yes: There are a lot of good bands with hits from the era of our youth, where the lyrics are kinda goofy if they stand alone.

  44. Marike79 says:

    ๐Ÿ˜ฅ you all making fun of my teenage memories.. :awww: *goes and sits in the corner*

  45. gdare says:

    It is rare that there are both lyrics and music in a perfect simbiosis.I like songs where you can listen a whole story along with nice music.Like this one:

  46. Stardancer says:

    Here's another, one of my favorites.๐Ÿ™‚

  47. gdare says:

    It is Irish ๐Ÿ˜€

  48. edwardpiercy says:

    I think the lonesome boatman needs Prozac. :pNice song, hmmm, sounds rather Irish. ๐Ÿ˜€

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