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The Green Fields of Gaothdobhair

Seeing as how I don’t really have much to blog about this week, I’ve decided to share with you the lyrics to an Irish song sung by Clannad called “The Green Fields of Gaothdobhair.” It’s a really pretty song, and if you’re interested in hearing it, it may be found on their 1982 album Fuaim. Here are the lyrics, from

Down past Dunlewey’s bonny lakes
One morning I did stray,
Until I reached sweet Clady banks
where the silvery salmon play,
I strolled around through old Bunbeg
and down along the shore,
And gazed with admiration
on the green fields of Gaothdobhair.

I visit Magherclocher,
On Middletown heights I stand,
Beneath me lies the ocean wide,
and Machergallon strand,
Those sandy banks so dear to me,
Those banks I do adore,
Behind me lies sweet Derrybeg
and the green fields of Gaothdobhair.

The bonny Isle of Goal
and Inishmean so near,
I see the little fishing fleet
as it lies along the pier,
I wander through the graveyard
where those have gone before,
That once lived happy and content
on the green fields of Gaothdobhair.

I see sweet Inish Oirthir,
and far off Tory Isle,
I view the ocean liners
as they stream along in style,
on board are Irish emigrants
with hearts both sad and sore,
As they gazed on old Tir Chonaill hills
and the green fields of Gaothdobhair.

One thought to “The Green Fields of Gaothdobhair”

  1. There are a few stunning versions of that song about, Clannad’s has to be the best! You might like Moya’s new worship song ‘You are Beautiful’ =)

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    Le beannacht/blessings,

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