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Reiver 2 Chord Req: Queen of Connemara (16) RE: Chord Req: Queen of Connemara 29 Mar 07

This is one of my favorite songs. I got it from a CD by Cherish the Ladies called "The Girls Won't Let the Boys Alone." The CD notes say it's "a fishing song composed by Francis Fahy from Kinvara in County Galway during the early 1900s." The group brought in Mattie Connolly the father of one of the "Ladies", Dierdre Connolly, to do the lead vocals. The other "Ladies" on this recording are Mary Coogan, Donna Long, Joanie Madden, Mary Rafferty and Liz Knowles. Their lyrics vary only slightly from thos posted above by jeffp:

Oh, my boat can safely float in the teeth of wind and weather/
And outrace the fastest hooker between Galway and Kinsale/
Where the white foam of the ocean and the dark clouds roll together/
There she rides, in her pride, like a seagull over the waves.

CHO: Oh, she's neat! Oh, she's sweet! She's a beauty, every line/
    The Queen of Connemara is that bounding barque of mine.

When she's loaded down with fish 'till the water laps the gunwale/
Not a drop she'll take on board her that would drive a fly away/
Like a ship she'll sail out gladly like a greyhound from her kennel/
And she'll land her silver store the first at old Kinvara quay.


There's a light shines out afar, and it keeps me from dismaying/
When the skies are ink above us and the sea runs white with foam/
In a cot in Connemara there's a wife and wee one praying/
To the One who walked the waters once, to send us safely home.


Listening to the song you can almost feel the Queen under your feet, riding with pride through the waves.

Reiver 2

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