Mountains of Mourne

Lyrics

Oh Mary this London’s a wonderful sight
With people here working by day and by night
They don’t sow potatoes, nor barley, nor wheat
But there’s gangs of them digging for gold in the street
At least when I asked them, that’s what I was told
So I just to a hand at this digging for gold
But for all that I found there, I might as well be
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea

I believe that when writing, a wish you expressed
As to how the fine ladies in London were dressed
Well, would you believe that when asked to a ball
They don’t wear a top to their dresses at all
I’ve seen them myself and you could not in truth
Say if they were bound for a ball or a bath
Don’t be starting them fashions, now Mary mo chroi
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea

I seen England’s King from the top of a bus
I never knew him though he means to know us
And though by the Saxon, we once were oppressed
Still I cheered, God forgive me; I cheered with the rest
And now that he’s visited Erin’s green shore
We’ll be much better friends than we’ve been heretofore
When we’ve got what we want we’re as quiet as can be
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea

You remember young Peter O’Loughlin, of course ?
Well, he’s over here at the head of the force
I met him today, I was crossing the Strand
And he stopped the whole street with one wave of his hand
And there we stood talking of days that are gone
While the whole population of London looked on
But for all these great powers, he’s wishful like me
To be back where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea.

There’s beautiful girls here, but och, never mind
With beautiful shapes nature never designed
And lovely complexions, all roses and cream
But O’Loughlin remarked with regard to the same
That if that those roses, you venture to sip
The colours might all come away on your lip
So I’ll wait for the wild rose that’s waiting for me
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweeps down to the sea.

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Notes

Clip -Reg Keating



County

Down

Song Themes

Emigration

Songwriter

Percy French