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The Kerry Dancing

3 years 5 months ago #674 by Annette
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I'd love the lyrics for what I think is called the Kerry Dancing. There is a line that goes "Gone alas like my youth too soon". My Irish Granny left Ireland some time about 1915 .A fire bomb was thrown into the farm house by soldiers 'cos they were a rebel family. She left Ireland to save her daughters and family, she was a young widow. She told her sister to tell their Mum that she would be back in Ireland when the daisies grow. She never got back to Ireland and didn't see her family again. She came from Longford,Sligo. I'm told by my Dad that she used to cry when she heard the song. If anyone knows the lyrics, I'd be grateful.

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3 years 2 months ago #683 by Lord Cornwall
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The Kerry Dance

Chorus
Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing
Oh, the ring of the piper's tune
Oh, for one of those hours of gladness
Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon!
When the boys began to gather
In the glen of a summer's night
And the Kerry piper's tuning
Made us long with wild delight!
Oh, to think of it
Oh, to dream of it
Fills my heart with tears!

Chorus

Was there ever a sweeter Colleen
In the dance than Eily More
Or a prouder lad than Thady
As he boldly took the floor.

Lads and lasses to your places
Up the middle and down again
Ah, the merry hearted laughter
Ringing through the happy glen!
Oh, to think of it
Oh, to dream of it
Fills my heart with tears!

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Time goes on, and the happy years are dead
And one by one the merry hearts are fled
Silent now is the wild and lonely glen
Where the bright glad laugh will echo ne'er again
Only dreaming of days gone by in my heart I hear.

Loving voices of old companions
Stealing out of the past once more
And the sound of the dear old music
Soft and sweet as in days of yore.

When the boys began to gather
In the glen of a summer's night
And the Kerry piper's tuning
Made us long with wild delight!
Oh, to think of it
Oh, to dream of it
Fills my heart with tears!

Chorus

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