Lily of Lough Neagh

Lyrics

Do I remember Daisy Tennyson?
Well, to be sure, I do
Her hair was black as the clouds of night
Her eyes as heaven blue
Her sweet face was the envy
Of all the Milltown girls
And when she laughed, then you could see
Her mouth was full of pearls
A dear light-hearted Daisy
In kirtle green and gray
The colleen they were wont to call
The Lily of Lough Neagh

Her dad in California
Had dug so hard for gold
When he came home, he had as much
As Daisy’s lap would hold
Rich enough for a princess
She might have wed an Earl
But Daisy loved a fish-lad
And he adored the girl
On Lough Neagh’s banks at sunset
Oft would these lovers stray
Soft kisses were the dews that fed
The Lily of Lough Neagh

No useless shoes or stockings
Would lovely Daisy wear
Her feet were white as buttermilk
Her shapely ankles bare
Her namesakes in the dewy grass
And on the ramparts brown
Outdone by Daisy’s soft white feet
Their rosy heads hung down
But like herself in snowy white
On Daisy’s wedding day
They bloomed and blushed wherever went
The Lily of Lough Neagh

Do I remember Daisy Tennyson?
Indeed, indeed I do
Her hair was black as the clouds of night
Her eyes as heaven blue
A daughter of Hibernia
Sweet lass, I see her still
No prettier colleen ever walked
The wilds of Columbkill
If in them parts, you ever meet
A grand old man and gray
Just ask him if he ever knew
The Lily of Lough Neagh


Notes

Written by Moses Taggart, Poet of the Boglands, Springfield Mass. Oct. 1898


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County

Tyrone

Song Themes

Irish women

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