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Ireland and Me (Miss Green)
(Roud 5236)
Tom Lenihan
Knockbrack, Miltown Malbay
Recorded in singer's home, August 1987

Carroll Mackenzie Collection

 

Tom Lenihan

You lovers I pray pay attention, the truth unto you I’ll reveal.
I courted a brave Irish hero, Seán O’Farrell they call him by name.
But now that he’s gone and has left me; he has crossed o’er the salt sea,
I will follow my darling tomorrow, for I know he loves Ireland and me.

It was not for gold or for silver, my love he crossed o’er the salt sea.
It was for the love of old Ireland, as his comrades before him had been.
But now that he’s gone and has left me, he has crossed o’er the salt sea.
I will follow my darling tomorrow, for I know he loves Ireland and me.

The day my love crossed o’er the ocean, the sight it was grand to be seen.
The people of New York waited on him, he was faithful to Erin the green.
The band played up in a moment - ‘Garryowen’ and ‘Saint Patrick’s Day’,
And a toast my love drank to the Yankees: ‘That the shamrock may never decay!’

Farewell to my friends and relations, my brothers I hope soon to see.
For surely the night of my wedding, oh thousands together will be.
My name is Miss Green I will tell you, that name I will never deny.
I’ll be married to brave Seán O’Farrell, for I know he’s a true Irish boy.

Tomorrow my ship will be sailing, and Miss Green she’ll be going away.
But I hope soon again to return, and old Ireland happy to see.
For no land upon earth reared such heroes, for they fought for their sweet liberty.
I will follow my darling tomorrow, for I know he loves Ireland and me.


"Tom learned this apparently rare song from his parents. The only other version is included in the collection of songs from Elizabeth Cronin of Baile Mhúirne, Cork, under the title ‘Sean O’Farrell’."

Reference:
The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin, Dáibhí Ó Crónín (ed.), Four Courts Press 2000.
Jim Carroll


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