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Lyr Req/Add: A Sprig of Irish Heather

Teru 15 Apr 97 - 07:52 PM
Bobby O'Brien 15 Apr 97 - 08:57 PM
Teru 15 Apr 97 - 11:31 PM
Jim Dixon 25 Oct 14 - 11:59 AM
MartinRyan 25 Oct 14 - 04:37 PM
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Subject: Sprig of Irish Heather
From: Teru
Date: 15 Apr 97 - 07:52 PM

I am looking for the lyrics to this Irish song.

The initial words are: An Irish mother writing to a son so far away said ....

Does anyone know them?

Thank you.


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Subject: Lyr Add: A SPRIG OF IRISH HEATHER
From: Bobby O'Brien
Date: 15 Apr 97 - 08:57 PM

Here is the song, as recorded recently by Margo and Declan Nerney, in Ireland.

A SPRIG OF IRISH HEATHER

An Irish mother writing to her son so far away,
Said, "I meant to send a shamrock to wear on Patrick's Day,
But the shamrock is a tender plant. Its beauty soon would fade,
So a spring of Irish heather I'm sending you instead."

CHORUS: Just a sprig of Irish heather
And it's seen all kinds of weather—
It stood the heat of summer and survived the winter's snow—
I'm sending to remind you
Of the friends you left behind you,
In Tyrone, among the bushes, in the days of long ago.

But remember Carradonough and the mass rock standing there,
How we oft-times knelt together and you'd whisp a childish prayer.
Many times since then I've wandered when the evening shadows fell,
So I plucked this heather from the spot where once we used to kneel.

But the years from me are slipping and I know I'm growing old,
By the fireside lonely sitting, when the nights are dark and cold,
But I know your smile would cheer me and make sunshine out of blue,
So come back to me, acushla, when the heather is in bloom.

(Repeat chorus)

Just a spring of Irish heather, sent with love from long ago.


If you'd like a tape of the song, please send $2 to:
Bobby O'Brien, 49 McCleary Avenue, Amsterdam, NY 12010-2816
USA


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Subject: RE: Sprig of Irish Heather
From: Teru
Date: 15 Apr 97 - 11:31 PM

Bobby,

Thank you very much. The lyrics are what I have been looking for.

I have a CD containing this song recorded by Margo.

With kindest regards

Teru


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: A Sprig of Irish Heather
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Oct 14 - 11:59 AM

I had never heard of a mass rock before, so I looked it up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_rock

"Carradonough" is a puzzle. Google finds it only in lyrics to this song. It's not listed in Wikipedia or in this database of Irish place-names: http://www.logainm.ie/en/.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: A Sprig of Irish Heather
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 Oct 14 - 04:37 PM

That's probably "Carndonagh", in Donegal. I'll get back to this...

Regards


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