Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Slieve Gallen Braes

Sliabh Gallion Braes
Sheet Music (and more information about this song)

[My name is Joe McGarvey as you might understand,
I come from Derrygennard and I own a farm of land.
But the rents were getting higher, and I could no longer pay,
So farewell unto you bonny, bonny Sliabh Gallen braes.]

As I went a-walking one morning in May,
To view yon fair valleys and mountains so gay,
I was thinking on those flowers, all doomed to decay,
That bloom around ye, bonny, bonny, Slieve Gallen braes.

How oft in the morning with my dog and my gun,
I roamed through the glens for joy and for fun.
But those days they are all over and I am far away
So farewell unto ye, bonny, bonny, Slieve Gallen braes.

How oft in the evening and the sun in the West,
I roved hand in hand with the one I love best.
But the hopes of youth are vanished and now I'm far away,
So farewell unto ye, bonny, bonny, Slieve Gallen braes.

It's not the want of employment at home,
That caused us poor sons of old Ireland to roam.
But those tyrannising landlords, they would not let us stay,
So farewell unto ye, bonny, bonny, Slieve Gallen braes.

Farewell to old Ireland the land that is so green,
To the parish of Lissan and the cross of Ballynascreen.
May good fortune shine upon you, when I am far away,
So farewell unto ye, bonny, bonny, Slieve Gallen braes.

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