Mayfly and the stone

Lyrics

No, never fear
The trout’s the king of leaping when the rain is near
Lough Arrow’s what I’m thinking of
The corn-crake speaks
The vixen in the night-time screaming ‘Come, who seek
It’s worse than I’ve been dreaming of

Not where the talkers go
The Mayfly and the stone
Are all the world enough for life to rise and fall
And when it’s rising, fish will bite and flesh will ripen
When it falls, it’s the end of us, the end of all

Midsummer night
The lake alive and breathing in the northern light
Lough Arrow in a mist of love when manhood breaks
A woman’s bound to be there somewhere; man will ache
The curse that comes on reaching love.

Not where the talkers go
The Mayfly and the stone
Are all the world enough for life to rise and fall
And when it’s rising, fish will bite and flesh will ripen
When it falls, it’s the end of us, the end of all

The boat so slim
Two people on their knees will fill the space within
Lough Arrow with the moon above.
Do what you should
A lifetime’s there before you with this girl who would
The earth below and stars above.

Not where the talkers go
The Mayfly and the stone
Are all the world enough for life to rise and fall
And when it’s rising, fish will bite and flesh will ripen
When it falls, it’s the end of us, the end of all


Notes

Ballinafad is a village at the foot of the Curlew Mountains. It lies on the shore of Lough Arrow, one of the many spectacular lakes on the Sligo – Roscommon border.   In bypassed Ballinafad, the principal public house was The Mayfly, set against a background of stony fields and silent anglers.


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County

Sligo

Song Themes

Sporting occasions

Songwriter

Thom Moore