The Faughan Side

from by Francy Devine

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lyrics

A stream like crystal it runs down as plainly may be seen,
It’s there you’’ll find the Irish oak trimmed with the ivy green;
The shamrock, rose and thistle, the lily too beside,
All flourish there together, boys, along the Faughan side.

Oh, well if could you see that lovely place all in the summer time,
Each tree and bush they look so gay, each meadow in its prime,
The blackbird and the golden thrush, they tune their notes so gay,
Yet still I had the notion of going to Americay.

Farewell unto that lovely place, from it I mean to roam,
To leave my friends in Ireland, my own dear Irish home.
Farewell unto my comrades and the place where they reside,
For many’s a happy night we spent along the Faughan side.

Well it’s about two miles from Derry to the bridge at Drumahoe,
Where many’s a happy night we spent In the days of long ago;
Where lambs do sport and fair maids court and the wee fish gently glide,
In the blooming spring the wee birds sing along the Faughan side.

Oh, the leaving of this lovely place, it grieves my heart full sore,
And the leaving of my own true love, it grieves me ten times more;
But if ever I shall return again, I will make her my bride,
And I’ll take her in my arms, boys, along the Faughan side.

credits

from My Father Told Me, track released November 27, 2014
Steve Byrne - bouzouki, mandolin & guitar
Mark Dunlop - whistle
Treasa Harkin - button box
John Kelly - fiddle

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