Mad Lady and me

Lyrics

Among the walls and ruins of the horrid civic stone
I walk without a lover for my older bones
The sun was strong in going down, it was a dreamlike day
’twas there I met the trinity and there I heard them say

Bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Fare thee well ye Shandon bells
Ring on, ring on

She leaned and leaned much closer and she hugged them all goodbye
Her mother cried “don’t go my love”, we all must bye and bye
A drunken tongue said “leave her off, she’ll drive us all crazy”
She turned around and saw my face and both of us was she

Bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Fare thee well ye Shandon bells
Ring on, ring on

Up on to the limestone wall and down the ladder steps
She threw herself into the stream with a splash of no regrets
Sidestroke swimming midstream, throwing kisses to the crowd
And everything was silent and the sky had not one cloud

Bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Fare thee well ye Shandon bells
Ring on, ring on

We were swimming out on the sunset, we were swimming out to sea
Swimming down past the Opera House, the Mad Lady and me

And we sang Bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Fare thee well ye Shandon bells
Ring on, ring on


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Song Themes

Irish women

Songwriter

Jimmy McCarthy