Twenty-one acres of land

Lyrics

As I stand on the hills of Mountcastle
I can see the sun sink in the west
And I know that wherever I wander
It’s the place I will always love best
It’s a place of my dreams and my memories
Where I first learned to crawl and to stand
And it’s often I’d run through the wild woods
Of our twenty-one acres of land

So farewell to the green fields of Ireland
To the family and friends I adore
In the morning I’ll cross the Atlantic
And I’ll work as a farmer no more
For a man needs a wage for a living
And we all need to know where we stand
And you can’t keep a wife and a family
On just twenty-one acres of land

My parents worked hard for a living
And I know they had little to spare
But there’s one thing they gave me in plenty
Was their loving and kindness and care
But the world and the times keep on changing
And my parents they don’t understand
That you can’t keep a wife and a family
On just twenty-one acres of land

So farewell to the green fields of Ireland
To the family and friends I adore
In the morning I’ll cross the Atlantic
And I’ll work as a farmer no more
For a man needs a wage for a living
And we all need to know where we stand
And you can’t keep a wife and a family
On just twenty-one acres of land
No you can’t keep a wife and a family
On just twenty-one acres of land


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County

Tyrone

Song Themes

Emigration

Songwriter

John Duggan