#02479
The Galway Shawl (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, video
See also: The Galway Shawl (MacEdward Leach)
And also: Galway Shawl (Susan Lawrence)
#396: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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In Oranmore in the county Galway,
One pleasant evening in the month of May;
I spied a damsel, she was young and handsome,
Her beauty fairly took my breath away.

As we kept on walking, she kept on talking,
Till her father's cottage came into view;
Said she: "Come in, sir, and meet me father,
And for to please him, play The Foggy Dew."

She wore no jewels or costly diamonds,
No paint or powder, oh no, none at all;
She wore a bonnet with a ribbon on it,
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.

I played The Black Bird and The Stack of Barley,
Rodney's Glory and The Foggy Dew;
She sang each note like an Irish linnet,
And the tears flowed in her, her eyes of blue.

'Twas early, early, all in the morning,
I hit the road for old Donegal;
Said she, "Goodbye, sir," as she cried and kissed me,
And me heart remains with the Galway shawl.

She wore no jewels or costly diamonds,
No paint or powder, oh no, none at all;
She wore a bonnet with a ribbon on it,
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of The Galway Shawl, collected in Northern Ireland in 1928 by Sam Henry [1878-1952] and published as #H652, on p.269 in Sam Henry's Songs Of The People, edited, transcribed, and annotated by E. Gale Huntingdon [1901-1993]; revised with additions and indices by Lani Herrmann (University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 1990) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs, trk#2, 1982, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was sung as The Galway Shawl by Lou O'Driscoll of Tors 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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