Lovely Deise


The boat from Dun Laoghaire was moored to the pier
When the voice from an exile, I happened to hear
As I gazed o’er my shoulder in the pale harbour light
Farewell lovely Deise, I’m leaving tonight

Goodbye Ballybricken, farewell Butlerstown
Adieu Ballytruckle and the road to Piltown
To the lights of the city and the sands of Tramore
Farewell lovely Deise, I may see you no more

Someday with good fortune, I still may retire
To the streams of Bonmahon and the vales of the Nire
By the slopes of the Comeraghs and the sweet Knockmealdowns
Farewell lovely Deise, of fame and renown

There’s a spot in my heart for the folk of Lismore
And send me a shamrock from the famed Knockanore
By the groves of Blackwater and Tallow by the Bride
Farewell lovely Deise, I’m leaving tonight

Oh, it’s well I remember, I’ve longed just to stray
From the streets of Dungarvan right into Clonea
Where the lights of old Helvick have guided me right
Farewell lovely Deise, I’m leaving tonight

Goodbye to the pastures in childhood I saw
From famed Ballygunner to the hills ’round Portlaw
And the lovers that whisper in Kill and Dunhill
Farewell lovely Deise, I think of you still




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