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Eileen Og (Irish Descendants) video
(The Pride of Petravore)
#1904: YouTube video by Notasthinkasudrunkim
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Oh, Eileen Og and that the darling's name is,
All through the Barony
her features they were famous;
And if we loved her then
who was there to blame us,
For wasn't she the Pride of Petravore?
But her beauty made us all so shy,
Not a man could look her in the eye;
And boys, oh boys, sure that's the reason why,
We're mourning for the Pride of Petravore.

And, Eileen Og, my heart is growing grey,
Ever since the day you wandered far away;
And, Eileen Og, there's good fish in the sea,
But there's none of them like
the Pride of Petravore.

Now, on Friday at the fair at Ballintubber,
Eileen met McGrath the cattle jobber;
And I'd like to set me mark upon the robber,
For he stole away the Pride of Petravore.
Now, he never seemed to see the girl at all,
Even when she ogled him
from underneath her shawl;
And looking big and masterful
when she was looking small,
Most provoking for the Pride of Petravore.

And, Eileen Og, my heart is growing grey,
Ever since the day you wandered far away;
And, Eileen Og, there's good fish in the sea,
But there's none of them like
the Pride of Petravore.

And so it went as it was in the beginning,
Eileen Og was bent upon the winning;
And Big McGrath contented he was grinning,
Being courted by the Pride of Petravore.
Says he: "I know a girl that
would knock you into fits."
And at that Eileen nearly lost her wits;
And the upshot of the ruction was
that now the robber sits,
With his arm around the Pride of Petravore.

And, Eileen Og, my heart is growing grey,
Ever since the day you wandered far away;
And, Eileen Og, there's good fish in the sea,
But there's none of them like
the Pride of Petravore.

And, boys, oh boys, yeah
when fate is hard to grapple,
And of my eye, sure Eileen was the apple;
And now to see her walking through the chapel,
With the hardest featured man in Petravore.
Oh now, boys, this is all I have to say,
When you do your courting make no display;
If you want to whenever
you just walk the other way,
For they're mostly like the Pride of Petravore.

And, Eileen Og, my heart is growing grey,
Ever since the day you wandered far away;
And, Eileen Og, there's good fish in the sea,
But there's none of them like
the Pride of Petravore.

####.... Lyrics by Percy French [1854-1920]; music by William Houston Collisson [1865-1920] ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by the Irish Descendants (Across The Water/Irish Descendants, trk#10, 2004 CD, Kells Music, Green Island, New York, recorded in 1993 at Studio 92, Toronto, Ontario.

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

Eileen Og means Eileen the young or Eileen the younger. It is believed that French made up the name Petravore. However, Pedar a' Voher is on an ordnance map of 1836.

From Wikipedia:
Ballintubber (Irish: Baile an Tobair, meaning "settlement of the well") - village in County Mayo, Ireland, famous for Ballintubber Abbey which was founded in 1216. Set against the backdrop of the Partry Mountains, the countryside of Ballintubber is rich in history and historical sites.



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