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Little Town In The Old County Down (R W Pasco) video
#766: YouTube video by patriot4913 ©2008
~ Used with permission ~

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If I had the wings of a swallow,
I would travel far over the sea;
And a rocky old road I would follow,
To a spot that is heaven to me.

When the sun goes to rest way down in the west,
Then I'll build such a nest in the place I love best.

In the dear little town in the old County Down,
It will linger way down in my heart;
Though it never was grand it was my fairyland,
Just a wonderful world set apart.
Oh, my island of dreams you are with me it seems,
And I care not for fame or renown;
Like the black sheep of old I'll come back to the fold,
Little town in the old County Down.

In the evening when shadows are falling,
'Round the old door without any key;
There's a voice in my dreams ever calling,
Ever watching and praying for me.

There is someone I bless with true tenderness,
And her lips I'll caress when I bring happiness.

To that dear little town in the old County Down,
It will linger way down in my heart;
Though it never was grand it was my fairyland,
Just a wonderful world set apart.
Oh, my island of dreams you are with me it seems,
And I care not for fame or renown;
Like the black sheep of old I'll come back to the fold,
Little town in the old County Down.

####.... Richard W Pasco and Monte Carlo/Alma Sanders, 1921 ....####
This variant was sung in 1950 by Maudie Sullivan [1908-1981] of Calvert, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video above features a variant of this very popular hit of the early 20th-century recorded in 1921 by internationally famous Irish-born American tenor, Count John McCormack [1884-1945].



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