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Thread #32062 Message #3269773
Posted By: Jim Dixon
07-Dec-11 - 08:30 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Donegal (from The Fureys)
Subject: Lyr Add: DONEGAL (Kevin McKrell)
Allmusic.com shows that The Fureys did indeed record an album called "Claddagh Road" (1995) and it contains a song called DONEGAL. It credits Kevin McKrell as the songwriter. The same song also appears on the Fureys' "At Home in Ireland" (2007) and on McKrell's own album "The Wind upon the Hill" (2007). Others who have recorded it are: Michael DeAngelis, on "Son of a Dunigan" (2005), and Hair of the Dog, on "Donegal" (2007).
A sample at Allmusic.com from the Fureys' recording contains these lyrics:
...back to my home in Donegal.
He walks upon the streets of New Orleans.
There's a strange and unfamiliar look to ev'ry face he sees.
He came in for the money, the adventure and the craic....
The following lyrics are copied (and edited a bit) from a web site called The Balladeers:
CHORUS: I wish that I was home in Donegal,
To be with you beside the sea,
To hear your sweet voice calling me
Back to my home in Donegal.
1. He walks upon the streets of New Orleans.
There's a strange and unfamiliar look to every face he sees.
He came in for the money, the adventure and the craic.
Now all he ever thinks about is someday going back. CHORUS
2. He misses all his family and friends.
There's times when he'd give all he has just to be with them again,
Before the young ones move away, the old ones are all gone,
Before his heart can realize he's been away too long.
3. Sometimes he lays there dreaming in the night,
To get a job of extra work he'd save the money for the flight,
But lonely dreams and darkness disappear before the dawn.
Familiar faces fade away all the dreams are gone. CHORUS
[The title as given at the Balladeers web site is HOME IN DONNEGAL (sic). It does not credit a songwriter.]