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The Blarney Stone
(Roud 4800)
Tom Lenihan
Knockbrack, Miltown Malbay
Recorded 1977

Carroll Mackenzie Collection


Tom Lenihan

‘Twas in the town of Bandon one fine morning last July,
I met an Irish cailín, she winked as she went by.
Says I: 'I came from Galway and I'm lonesome and alone,
And won't you kindly tell me where I'll find the Blarney Stone?'

Says she: 'There's Blarney Stones in Kerry, there's Blarney Stones in Clare,
There's Blarney Stones in Dublin, oh, they're plenty in Kildare.
There's Blarney Stones in Wicklow, there's a big one in Athlone.
Yerra, the devil a town in Ireland but you'll find a Blarney Stone.'

Says she: 'I know you come from Galway, I can tell that by your brogue.
I never met a Galway man but was an awful rogue!
But as long as you're a stranger where the River Shannon flows,
The only Blarney Stone I know is underneath my nose.’

And there's Blarney Stones in Kerry, there's Blarney Stones in Clare,
There's Blarney Stones in Dublin, oh, they're plenty in Kildare.
There's Blarney Stones in Wicklow, there's a big one in Athlone.
Yerra, the devil a town in Ireland but you'll find a Blarney Stone.

Her Irish smile did broaden, she winked a roguish eye.
My heart did start to jump and, oh, I thought I'd surely die.
I rolled her in my arms and she never made a moan
When I kissed the bloomin' roses from the Bandon Blarney Stone.

And there's Blarney Stones in Kerry, there's Blarney Stones in Clare,
There's Blarney Stones in Dublin, oh, they're plenty in Kildare.
There's Blarney Stones in Wicklow, there's a big one in Athlone.
Yerra, the devil a town in Ireland but you'll find a Blarney Stone.


"Tom’s version is identical to that sung by street singer Margaret Barry under the title ‘The Bandon Blarney Stone'. Tom Munnelly wrote of it:

''The Bandon Blarney Stone' was published in sheet music form in Walton Musical Galleries in Dublin in 1936 and its authorship ascribed to Seamas Kavanagh. That the song has been doing the rounds considerably earlier than that is proved by the fact that a recording of it was made in America by Shaun O’Nolan ‘The Wicklow Piper’ in 1926. Tom’s 'My Far Down Cailín Bán' was also written by the piper Nolan.'"

Reference:
Mount Callan Garland, Tom Munnelly, Comhairle Bhéaloideas Eireann, 1994.
Jim Carroll


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