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There's A Dear Spot (MacEdward Leach)

There's a dear spot in Ireland,
it's a spot of great fame,
It's a dear little spot,
unto you I'll tell its name;
In the land of Ireland
surrounded by Irish soil,
They call it Londonderry
on the banks of the Foyle.

When I was but young
my parents had died,
I took strange notion
the salt seas for to ride,
For to view distant countries
and to tread on foreign soil,
Far away from Londonderry
on the banks of the Foyle.

When I courted a lassie
at the age of sixteen,
She was the handsomest lassie
my eyes had ever seen;
Her cheeks were like the roses
of a heart so pure and royal,
She was the pride of Londonderry
on the banks of the Foyle.

I'll go to old Ireland
and it's married I'll be,
I will leave ye shipmates,
I will resign the sea;
I'll wed with my Mary
and it's hard for her I'll toil,
We will live in Londonderry
on the banks of the Foyle.

And now to conclude
and to finish my song,
I hope I haven't offended you
or said anything that's wrong;
And if ever you'll come to Ireland
to view our native isle,
You will like sweet Londonderry
on the banks of the Foyle.

####.... Variant of Lovely Derry On The Banks Of The Foyle, sheet music ©1924 by J J McCready ....####

Sung in 1950 by John (Jack) Knight [1883-1975] of Shoe Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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