Galway Bay

Tis far away I am today from scenes I roamed a boy
And long ago the hour I know I first saw Illinois
No time no tide nor waters wide could wean my heart away
Forever true I'll fly to you my own dear Galway Bay.

My chosen bride is by my side her brown hair turning grey
Her daughter Rose more like her grows from April dawn to day
Our only boy, his mother's joy, his father's pride so gay
With scenes like these I'd live at ease beside you Galway Bay.

Oh grey and bleak by shore and creek the rugged rocks abound
But sweeter green the grass between than grows on Irish ground
So friendship fond all wealth beyond and love that lives always
Bless each dear home beside your foam my dear old Galway Bay

Had I youth's blood and hopeful mood and a heart of fire once more
For all the gold this world could hold I'd never leave your shore
I'd live content with whatever God sent with neighbours old and grey
And I'd leave my bones 'neath churchyard stones beside you Galway Bay

The blessings of a poor old man be with you night and day
The blessings of a poor old man whose heart will soon be clay
There's one request I will ask of God upon my dying day
Is my soul to soar forever more above you Galway Bay.

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