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Lyr Add: O'Hara from Tara (from McNulty Family)

Jim Dixon 26 Jul 13 - 09:52 PM
Jim Dixon 26 Jul 13 - 10:16 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: O'HARA FROM TARA (from McNulty Family)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jul 13 - 09:52 PM

I have no idea who the two men are who were commemorated in this song.

Click for an MP3 from The Internet Archive.


O'HARA FROM TARA
As sung by The McNulty Family

1. Here we are on Broadway, three thousand miles from home,
But our heart's in dear old Ireland where we always wish to roam,
But when we do go back again, they'll take us by the hand
And we will shout, "Hurrah, for dear old Ireland!"

CHORUS: John James O'Hara
And Michael McNamara
Were two respected Irishmen wherever they were known.
They were knowin [known] by their doin's,
Men of great influence,
O'Hara from Tara, McNamara from Mayo.

2. It's many years ago since first we cut the turf and hay,
And gathered in the corn fields in the evening for the tay,
Through those unhappy days, me lads, when we were proud to know,
We loved O'Hara from Tara, McNamara from Mayo.

3. Now I'm on my way to see the mother I adore
In her cozy wee thatched cabin with the ivy round the door.
She'll hold me in her arrums [arms] as she did so long ago,
And together we'll sing the praises of O'Hara, Mayo.


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Subject: Lyr Add: O'HARA FROM TARA (from Hugo Duncan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jul 13 - 10:16 PM

Another version—my transcription from Spotify:


O'HARA FROM TARA
As sung by Hugo Duncan on several albums

1. Here we are on Broadway, three thousand miles from home,
But it's back to dear old Ireland our hearts have ever roamed,
But when we do go back again, they'll take us by the hand,
And we will shout, "Hurrah! Hurrah!" again for dear old Ireland.

CHORUS: John James O'Hara
And Michael McNamara
Were two respected Irishmen wherever they did roam.
They were knowin [known] by their doin's,
They were men of great influence,
O'Hara from Tara, McNamara from Mayo.

2. Many the long year ago we cut the turf and hay,
And gathered in the corn field in the evening for the tay.
Those were the happy days, me boy, we used to reap and sow,
O'Hara from Tara, McNamara from Mayo.

3. Tomorrow we'll be on our way to dear old Erin's isle,
Back to home and plenty after many years of toil,
Back to hear the corncrake and the nightingale also.
They'll sing, "O'Hara from Tara, McNamara from Mayo."


4. Now I'm on my way to see the mother I adore
In her cozy wee thatched cabin with the ivy round the door.
She'll hold me in her arms as she did so long ago,
And together we'll sing the praises of old Tara and Mayo.


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