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Thread #13326 Message #236368
Posted By: Peg
31-May-00 - 11:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/tune Req: Dark Iniseoghain / Dark Innishowen
Subject: Lyr Add: DARK INISEOGHAIN / DARK INNISHOWEN
Yes, I asked for those place names in that thread! I also must say there are some other little mistakes in this other version Wolfgang posted...mountains of hemp? I'll be found in the martins?
DARK INISEOGHAIN (or INNISHOWEN)
Oh, maidens of beauty and swains so forlorn,
That carelessly wander away from your home,
I am off by the moonlight and break of the morning.
I'll be found in the mountains of Dark Iniseoghain.
I strayed to a place they call sweet Clonmany
In search of a fair one that I might adore,
But a maiden to love me I couldn't find any
From Meendoran Bridge to the Gap of Mamore.
Many's the colleen I cast my eye over
From Mary of Malin to the rose of Moville,
And sweet were their smiles and eyes filled with laughter,
But sure in the end was myself waiting still.
At the Bay of Culdaff where the wild waves were breaking,
Carndonagh with forest-clad mountains and hill,
I sat but in vain with a heart that was aching
For one who my dreams of a bride would fulfill.
And then in the shades of old Barnan I found you,
That valley o'ershadowed by mountains so grand,
And I prayed that God's angels would ever protect you
And I placed a keepsake on your little white hand.
And now I am stationed in County Fermanagh,
Far from the fair one that I do adore,
But when I return it will be to my dear one,
That I left in the mountains of Dark Innishowen.
The version posted earlier kinda sounded like it was transcribed by someone whose first language is not English, judging by the grammar and construction...anyone else think so? I mean nothing derogatory in saying that, just an observation.