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Galway Bay

  • (Francis Fahy)

    It's far away I am today from scenes I roamed a boy
    And long ago the hour I know I first saw Illinois
    But time nor tide or waters wide could wean my heart away
    For ever true it flies to you, my own dear Galway Bay

    Oh grey and bleak by shores and creek the rugged rocks abound
    But sweet and green the grass between as grows on Irish ground
    So friendships fond or wealth abound and a love that lives always
    Bless every home beside your foam, my own dear Galway Bay

    Had I but blood and hopeful mood and a heart of fire once more
    For all the gold the world might hold I'd never leave your shore
    I'd be content with whatever God sent, with neighbours old and grey
    And I'd lay my bones 'neath churchyard stones beside you, Galway Bay

    The blessings of a poor old man be with you night and day
    The blessings of a lonely man whose heart will soon be clay
    It's all up heaven I'll ask of God upon my dying day
    My soul to soar for ever more above you, Galway Bay

    As sung by Dolores Keane

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