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Kitty Bawn O'Brien (Allister MacGillivray) video
#304: YouTube video by BardofCornwall ©2011
~ Used with permission ~

Soft blows the wind both sweet and warm
From the peaks called Knockmealdown,
The songbird sings his cheery note
above Blackwater Sound;
But from my heart all joys depart,
no beauty can enthrall,
My Kitty Bawn O'Brien's gone
to far off Montreal.

I met her at the Mallow Fair,
where lovers sport and play,
I watched her feet trip lightly
as the piper droned away;
She sang a song so lilting there,
her hands beneath a shawl,
Now Kitty Bawn O'Brien's gone
to far off Montreal.

I followed her to Waterford
the day the ship set sail,
Her mother let the teardrops fall,
her father's cheeks were pale;
I kissed her there, I lost her there,
now sadly I recall,
My Kitty Bawn O'Brien's gone
to far off Montreal.

Now far across the ocean wide
a world from Knockmealdown,
My Kitty shines like silver
in some far Canadian town;
She'll court some young French soldier there,
I blame him not at all,
My Kitty Bawn O'Brien's gone
to far off Montreal.

Soft blows the wind both sweet and warm
From the peaks called Knockmealdown,
The songbird sings his cheery note
above Blackwater Sound;
But from my heart all joys depart,
no beauty can enthrall,
My Kitty Bawn O'Brien's gone
to far off Montreal;
My Kitty Bawn O'Brien's gone
to far off Montreal.

####.... Allister MacGillivray of Marion Bridge, Nova Scotia. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Allister MacGillivray (©1992, Cabot Trail Music).

See more Allister MacGillivray songs.

The video above features an excellent cover performance by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Set in a small village on the southern tip of Ireland during the 1800s, MacGillivray composed this song for a project on Celtic emigration that was being prepared by Denis Ryan of Ryan's Fancy. Published on the Barra MacNeils' recording Rock In The Stream (Polygram Records, 1989).

Knockmealdown Mountains (Irish: Sléibhte Chnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh) is a range of mountains located on the border of Counties Tipperary and Waterford in Ireland. The highest peak of the range is Knockmealdown, situated in County Waterford.



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