An old man’s wish

Lyrics

I was walking to the airport with my suitcase and my bags
When an old man approached me and his clothes were all in rags
Every footstep seemed an effort, there was anguish in his speech
He said ‘Son, forgive me’ asking do you come from County Laois ?
Well, I could not help but wonder as he did his best to talk
How he ended up so broken in the subways of New York
Then I heard my flight announcement but before I went my way
He said ‘Son, do me a favour when you get back home today’

Chorus
‘Will you give my love to Emo’ and the tears rolled down his face
‘Will you make a wish for me beside the Rock of Dunnamaise
‘Will you smile on Ballybrittas and just tell her it’s from me
And will you light a little candle in the Church in Clonaslee’

As the jet plane soared to Ireland, he kept coming to my mind
I could see his tragic features as I left him far behind
I just could not bare to tell him that I’m not from Laois at all
That I come from near Bundoran in the County Donegal
Well, I suppose you’ll say I’m foolish and who knows, perhaps I am
But I know I had to grant that wish to that old broken man
As the sun set over Ireland, I was on my way to Laois
I could see his troubled features, I could hear his voice beseech

Chorus
So I gave his love to Emo as I thought of his sad face
And I made a wish for him beside the Rock of Dunnamaise
And I smiled on Ballybrittas, just the way he asked of me
And the I lit his little candle in the Church in Clonaslee

Well, three years have passed and I soon forgot it all
I settled down and married in my native Donegal
Then one night as I was walking home, this brilliant light appeared
And in it stood the old, old man, he smiled and said ‘don’t fear’
He said, ‘I’ve come to thank you’ and his face was all aglow
And then my mind flew back to Laois, it seemed so long ago
And suddenly, he disappeared, but, ah! that strangest peace
For I knew that God has called him home to heaven and to Laois

CHORUS
He said ‘Give my love to Emo’ and the light shone round his face
‘And make a wish for me beside the Rock of Dunnamaise
Please smile on Ballybrittas and just tell her its from me
And will you light a little Candle in the church in Clonaslee’


Notes


Song Clip


County

Laois

Song Themes

Nostalgia

Songwriter