The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9829   Message #4080434
Posted By: GUEST,Rory
21-Nov-20 - 02:24 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: West Coast of Clare
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: West Coast of Clare
West Coast of Clare
Is a song of reflection and longing on the vivid memories of great times and atmosphere spent on the west coast of Clare that sadly no longer exists while visiting the area; lasting memories that are cherished and carried wherever, and beckon for a return of such experiences again.

The song written by Andy Irvine about the 1967 Fleadh Cheoil in Kilrush and “returning to a place after a mighty event. Sitting in a now empty pub or walking through a once crowded street, vivid with memories".
"It was actually written with a Danish girl called Birte in mind, but [...] it very quickly became a memory of great times in Clare. I started the song in County Clare and finished it in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia,  in August or September 1968."
Andy Irvine.

So the song, in its final form, is not about a past or lost love, although this is how it could have ended up being when Andy first started penning the song.
It could be interpreted in this way: memories of the times spent with a past love in this location. And it would fit well with this song, if one so chooses.