Girl from Donegal

Lyrics

Young girls draw near and I’ll tell you here
A story that makes me sad
Sure he sailed away the other day
My own true Irish lad
And my heart did ache for his dear sake
And the tears like rain did fall
Oh, why did he part and break the heart
Of this girl from Donegal

He was tall and strong, could sing a song
That would delight your heart to hear
His eyes were bright, his step was light
And his voice was sweet and clear
He could handle a spade or court a maid
The fairest of them all
Ah, but he was inclined to leave behind
This girl from Donegal

How I wished in vain he did remain
But see how he sailed away
To a distant home, far o’er the foam
In a foreign land to stay
He would rather have toiled in his own native soil
But the wages were too small
That’s why he did part and break the heart
Of this girl from Donegal

The weather was bad and my love was sad
As he had to sail away
He left me here to pine and fear
Till he’d return someday
But if in time he does not return
He need not come at all
Oh, why did he part and break the heart
Of this girl from Donegal


Notes


Song Clip


County

Donegal

Song Themes

Emigration

Songwriter