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Banks of the Moorlough Shore

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Banks of the Moorlough Shore

Banks of the Moorlough Shore

You hills and dales and flowery vales
 That lie near the Moorlough Shore
You winds that blow through Burden's Row (??)
 Shall I ever see you more
Where the primrose grows and the violet blows
 Where the trout and salmon play
With my line and hook, delight I took
 To spend all my youthful days

As I roved out to meet my love
 For to hear what she would say
And to see if she would pity me
 Before I must go away
She said "I love an Irish lad
 And he is my pride and joy
And ever since I saw his face
 I have loved my sailor boy"

"Perhaps your sailor boy was lost
 While crossing the raging main
Or perhaps he is gone with some other one
 You might ne'er see him again"
"Well if my Irish boy is lost
 He's the one I do adore
And for seven long years I will wait for him
On the banks of the Moorlough Shore."

Farewell to St. Claire's castles grand
 Farewell to Holly Hill (??)
Where the linen wefts(??) like bleaching silk
And the purling streams run still
It was there I spent my youthful days
But alas, they are all o'er
And cruelty has banished me
Far away from the Moorlough Shore

Air is almost identical to "The Foggy Dew" (Irish rebel version).
Recorded by Sarah and Keane - aunts of Dolores Keane,
  whom many DT users may know.
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