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- Galway Bay
- Words and Music
by Arthur Colahan - 1947
- Number 2 on the
Hit Parade in 1949, played for 12 weeks.
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- If you ever go across the
sea to Ireland, Then maybe at the closing of your day,
You will sit and watch the moonrise over Claddagh, And see the
sun go down on Galway Bay
- Just to hear again the ripple
of the trout stream, The women in the meadows making hay,
And to sit beside a turf fire in the cabin, And watch the barefoot
gossoons at their play.
- For the breezes blowing
o'er the seas from Ireland, Are perfum'd by the heather as they
And the women in the uplands diggin' praties, Speak a language
that the strangers do not know.
- For the strangers came and
tried to teach their way, They scorn'd us just for being what
But they might as well go chasing after moonbeams, Or light a
penny candle from a star.
- And if there is going to
be a life hereafter, And somehow I am sure there's going to be,
I will ask my God to let me make my heaven, In that dear land
across the Irish sea.
- Arranged by Jim Bottorff
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