This is a song by Jackie Leven and Bob Dylan set to a melody that combines (at least to my ears) elements of “One too many mornings” and “Times they are a changing”. However the story presented on most websites just says “One too many”.
In this case it seems that Leven wrote the lyrics and Dylan (or so these various sites that all seem to have been copied from the same source “suggested the tune of One too many mornings”. But try as I do, I can’t hear this. If he was told to use One too many, I think he strayed as he worked – although there is no harm in that. But it really does remind me of “Times” whenever I listen to it. Anyway the song is credited to Jackie Leven/Bob Dylan.
So this is what the various websites say…
“According to the ‘The Telegraph’, Jackie met Dylan in a Bar in Berlin on 5th Oct 1988 and they later travelled together by train from Berlin to St Petersburg.
“Jackie showed Dylan some lyrics he had written and Bob suggested he put the lyrics to the tune of ‘One Too Many Mornings’. Jackie did this and the song ‘As We Sailed into Skibbereen’ was released on a 4 track cd single and the album The Argyll Cycle Vol 1. Columbia got the track withdrawn in the uk but not in Germany, so it’s something of a collectors item.”
There is another song called “Skibbereen” which can be found on the internet, and which has been recorded by the Dubliners, but which is totally different.
Skibbereen itself is a town in County Cork, Ireland. The name is sometimes written or said as “Skibb” which in Gaelic means “little boat harbour”. The harbour is on the river Ilen which flows into the sea 12km down stream, at Baltimore.
The population of the town is around 2500.
So, it gets added to the list of Dylan co-compositions. And it really is rather pleasant.