Alana in the lane

Lyrics

Alana goes her way
Down Ballybrooney Lane and back again
She walks me slowly now, always the same thing
My mind is on the day, and Alana in the lane

To the Manor House we go
A field of cows up there all stop and stare
They scare this tiny thing who clings so close to me
All hides and horns and eyes, but Alana doesn’t cry

The future’s full of questions now
All of them with rain
The farmer and his famous cows
And Ballybrooney Lane

No need to cast around
A grown-up holds her hand, she’s safe and sound
To make her feel at ease, I laugh out loud, so proud
To be the great big man with Alana by the hand

Then somehow comes the day
That nothing in the world can drive away
And all that’s left to do, as much for me as you
Is to hold the memory plain of Alana in the lane

The future’s full of questions now
All of them with rain
The farmer and his famous cows
And Ballybrooney Lane


Notes

In 2005, Paul Lee of Mother Redcap’s fame asked Thom Moore to set to music, a poem he had written for the funeral service for Alana Quinn, a young child from Killala who had succumbed to cancer. While the arrangement required some lyrical changes, Paul is satisfied it hold true to the essence of his poem.


Song Clip


County

Mayo

Song Themes

Requiem

Songwriter

Thom Moore