Sliabh Gallion Brae

Lyrics

As I went a-walking one morning in May
To view yon pleasant valleys and the mountains so gay
I was thinking of the flowers going to decay
That grow around you, bonny, bonny Sliabh Gallion Brae

My name is James McGarvey, I’d have you understand
I come from Derrygennard, I work a farm of land
But my rents are getting higher, I can no longer pay
So farewell unto you bonny, bonny Sliabh Gallion Brae

Oft in the mornings with my dog and with my gun
I’d wander o’er the mountains for pastime and fun
But the hopes of youth have vanished, I must go away
So farewell unto you bonny, bonny Sliabh Gallion Brae

It’s not for the want of employment at home
That causes the sons of Old Ireland to roam
But those tyrannising landlords, they will not let us stay
So farewell unto you bonny, bonny Sliabh Gallion Brae

Farewell to Old Ireland, that island so green
To the parish of Lissan and the cross of Ballinascreen
May good fortune shine upon you while I am far away
So farewell unto you bonny, bonny Sliabh Gallion Brae
Farewell unto you bonny, bonny Sliabh Gallion Brae

Derry 1

Songs of Derry


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County

Derry

Song Themes

Emigration

Songwriter