Ben My Chree

Ben Ma Chree

'Ben ma chree', Manx for 'girl of my heart', is an old Manx song with English lyrics.

Written and composed by Gerald Lane

In my dreaming I gaze on the distant years,
And what is it there I see?
'Tis a maiden whose blue eyes are dim with tears,
And all for the sake of me,
And all for the sake of me,

For a ship lies at anchor within the bay,
And we two must part ere the break of day;
But the love on our hearts will be ours al-way,
What ever our fate may be,
What ever our fate may be

(Chorus): Girl of my heart, sweet Ben-ma-chree,
Though for a while I part from thee,
Long as the stars shine over the sea,
Girl of my heart, I'll love but thee;
Long as the stars shine over the sea
Girl of my heart, I'll love but thee,
Girl of my heart, I'll love but thee!

In my dreaming I gaze on the years to come,
And what is it now I see?
'Tis a maiden who waits in the dear old home,
Who waits to welcome me,
Who waits to welcome me!

And her eyes are dim with tears no more,
For the parting years are past and o'er,
And the ship sails in to the sun-lit shore.
And the bells ring out in glee,
And the bells ring out in glee.

(Chorus)