Old rustic bridge by the mill

Lyrics

I’m thinking tonight of the old rustic bridge
That bends o’er the murmuring stream
‘Twas there Maggie dear, with our hearts full of cheer
We strayed ‘neath the moon’s gentle gleam
‘Twas there I first met you, the light of your eyes
Awoke in my heart a sweet thrill
Though now far away, still my thoughts fondly stray
To the old rustic bridge by the mill

CHORUS
Beneath it a stream gently rippled
Around it the birds loved to thrill
Though now far away still my thoughts fondly stray
To the old rustic bridge by the mill

How often, dear Maggie, when years passed away
And we plighted lovers became
We rambled the path to the bridge, day by day
The smiles of each other to claim
But one day we parted in pain and regret
Our vows then we could not fulfil
Oh, may we soon meet and our fond love repeat
On the old rustic bridge by the mill

I keep in my memory the love of the past
With me ’tis as bright as of old
For deep in my heart it was planted to last
In absence it never grows cold
I think of you darling, when lonely at night
And when all is peaceful and still
My heart wanders back in a dream of delight
To the old rustic bridge by the mill

Cork 1

Songs of Cork


Notes

Castletownroche, Co. Cork, setting for the song “The Old Rustic Bridge By The Mill”, written by T.P. Keenan, whose remains lie in the churchyard overlooking the bridge.



County

Cork

Song Themes

Nostalgia

Songwriter

Thomas P Keenan