Homes of Donegal


I’ve just stepped in to see you all, I’ll only stay awhile
I want to see how you’re getting on, I want to see you smile
I’m happy to be back again, I greet you big and small
For there’s no place else on earth just like the homes of Donegal

I always see the happy faces smiling at the door
The kettle swinging on the crook as I step up the floor
And soon the teapot’s filling up me cup that’s far from small
For your hearts are like your mountains in the homes of Donegal

To see your homes at parting day, of that I never tire
And hear the porridge bubbling in a big pot on the fire
The lamp alight, the dresser bright, the big clock on the wall
Oh, a sight serene, celestial scene, in the homes of Donegal

I long to sit along with you and while away the night
With tales of yore and fairy lore, beside your fires so bright
And then to see prepared for me a shake-down by the wall
There’s repose for weary wanderers in the homes of Donegal

Outside the night winds shriek and howl, inside there’s peace and calm
A picture on the wall up there, our saviour with a lamp
The hope of wandering sheep like me and all who rise and fall
There’s a touch of heavenly love around the homes of Donegal

A tramp I am and a tramp I’ve been, a tramp I’ll always be
Me father tramped, me mother tramped, sure trampin’s bred in me
If some there are, my ways disdain and won’t have me at all
Sure I’ll always find a welcome in the homes of Donegal.

The time has come and I must go, I bid you all adieu
The open highway calls me forth to do the things I do
And when I’m trampin’ far away, I’ll hear your voices call
And please God, I’ll soon return unto the homes of Donegal

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Songs of Donegal


This song was written by Seán MacBride in about 1955, Seán was a native of Cruit Island which is in the Rosses area of West Donegal.

Clip – Sharon Murphy



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