Do Carlow boys come home ?

Lyrics

He ran away, the boundless world so much to blame
There came a day when nothing home could make him stay
He left behind, a steady girl from Palatine
Who brings to mind, the Barrow track in summertime
In this bold world, young folk climb: they laugh at what’s behind.
Goodbye, Carlow, there they go
Boys and girls who leave the fold
All roads lead to Rome, they say
Do Carlow boys come home ?

He’s on his own, Italian scene with Carlow-grown boy
Young and keen on wine and song and everything
How strange to find a hill in Rome called Palatine
Whose name reminds Killeshin views in Carlow times
Make those brand-new bonds that do for boys and girls beyond
Back in Carlow’s far green land
A steady girl might understand
All roads lead to Rome, they say
Do Carlow boys come home ?

The sun pours down: the light alone fills up your eyes
A challenge posed: the sights and sounds are not your own
Choose your ground: the Barrow in a winter coat
Of red-toned brown, or flood-of-sun Italian town ?
Most of all, when counting comes, your heart’s not made of stone
Ciao, San Pietro, goodbye Rome
The boy from Carlow’s going home
All roads lead to Rome, they say
Do Carlow boys come home ?


Notes

This was Thom Moore’s entry to the 2004 Carlow Song Contest, written with support from his Carlow friend Peadar Murray. Although unsuccessful in the contest, it achieved popularity through airplay on Ronan Collin’s radio show on RTE.


Song Clip


County

Carlow

Song Themes

Emigration

Songwriter

Thom Moore