#02635
Shores Of Gallipoli (Robbie Martin) video
#1173: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

I remember the day, it stands clear in my mind,
You stood down at O'Leary's to wave us goodbye;
Your ma was gently weeping,
there was a tear in my eye,
As you were sailing for Gallipoli to die.

You looked so young as you stood there
with a gleam in your eye,
And you sang a rebel song
as the streamers flew high;
Your ma turned away and I heard her sigh,
As you were sailing for Gallipoli to die.

You were all that we had, your mommy and me,
When you marched to the rest,
you were proud as could be;
Well, it killed your poor ma
and it's slowly killing me,
When you were blown to kingdom come
on the shores of Gallipoli.

We got the one letter and we knew right away,
It said deepest regrets,
your son was bold and was brave;
You were only nineteen, yet your mommy and I,
Let you go to Gallipoli to die.

You fought for the wrong country,
you died for the wrong cause,
And your ma often said it was Ireland's great loss;
All those fine young men who marched
to foreign lands to fight war,
While the greatest war of all was at home.

You were all that we had, your mommy and me,
When you marched to the rest,
you were proud as could be;
Well, it killed your poor ma
and it's slowly killing me,
When you were blown to kingdom come
on the shores of Gallipoli.

Well, it killed your poor ma
and it's slowly killing me,
When you were blown to kingdom come
on the shores of Gallipoli.

####.... M Swan and D Doyle ....####
This variant recorded by Robbie Martin from Southeast Placentia, a member of the band Polly's Pride (Picture In A Frame, trk#3, 2008, Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL, produced and arranged by Kevin Collins).

A variant was also recorded by Irish Coffee with D'Arcy Broderick, Claton Hunt, Kevin Lynch, Rendell Hunt, Larry Martin, and Thomas Ronan (Banks Of The Roses, trk#2, 1990, recorded and mixed at Echo Recording Company, St John's, NL).

Notes from Wikipedia: O'Leary is a common Irish name, an anglicized version of the original spelling O Laoghaire or O Laoire. Early records of the name Lóegaire mac Néill are from Tara where High-King Laoghaire, a member of the Uí Néill clan, became the first Christian king of Ireland in 432 AD.



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