Isle of Innisfree

Lyrics

I’ve met some folks who say that I’m a dreamer
And I’ve no doubt there’s truth in what they say
But sure a body’s bound to be a dreamer
When all the things he loves are far away

And precious things are dreams unto an exile
They take him o’er a land across the sea
Especially when it happens he’s an exile
From that dear lovely Isle of Innisfree

And when the moon comes peeping o’er the roof-tops
Of this great city, wondrous though it be
I scarcely feel its wonder or its laughter
I’m once again back home in Innisfree

I wonder o’er green hills and dreamy valleys
And find a peace no other land could know
I hear the birds make music fit for angels
And watch the rivers laughing as they flow

But dreams don’t last, though dreams are not forgotten
And soon I’m back to stern reality
But though they pave the footways here with gold dust
I still would choose my Isle of Innisfree


Notes

The Isle of Innisfree is a very small island on Lough Gill which straddles Counties Sligo and Leitrim. It is the retreat wished for in William Butler Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’. It is also the title of Dick Farrelly’s evocative song which was the theme music in John Ford’s epic film ‘The Quiet Man’.

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County

Sligo

Song Themes

Emigration

Songwriter

Dick Farrelly