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(My Own Dear) Galway Bay (Padraig Grimes) video
#2453: YouTube video by Padraig Grimes
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

It's far away I am today
from scenes I'd roamed a boy,
And long ago, the hour I know,
I first saw Illinois;
But time nor tide nor waters wide
could wean my heart away,
For ever true it flies to you,
my own dear Galway Bay.

O! Grey and bleak, your shores and creek,
the rugged rocks abound,
Though sweeter green the grass between,
as grows on Irish ground;
So friendship found and wealth abound,
and a love that lives away,
Bless every home beside your foam,
my own dear Galway Bay.

Had I youth's blood and hopeful mood
and a heart of fire once more,
Of all the gold the world might hold,
I'd never leave your shore;
I'd be content with whatever God sent,
with neighbours old and gray,
And I'd lay me bones
'neath church yard stones,
beside you, Galway Bay.

The blessings of a poor old man
be with you night and day,
The blessings of a poor old man
whose heart will soon be clay;
But it's all of Heaven I'll ask
of God upon my dying day,
My soul to soar forever more
above you Galway Bay.
My soul to soar forever more
above you Galway Bay.

####.... Frank A Fahy [1854-1935] of Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland ....####
This song is known alternatively as Galway Bay, My Own Dear Galway Bay or Old Galway Bay. It was originally written to the air of Skibbereen but is now better known sung to a different air written by Tony Small.

This variant and video above are from an excellent live performance by Padraig Grimes of Castlebar, Ireland.



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