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Lyr/Chords Req: Gweebarra Shore (Maggie Boyle)

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kelv 14 Jul 01 - 05:03 AM
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Subject: GWEEBARRA SHORE
From: kelv
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 05:03 AM

Anyone got the lyr/chords for Gweebarra shore by Maggie boyle?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: GWEEBARRA SHORE
From: GUEST,Willa
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 11:40 AM

I think there was a thread on this within the last few weeks. I have the CD by Maggie, so will post the lyrics for you if I can, probably this evening, if you still can't find them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: GWEEBARRA SHORE
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 12:46 PM

The request was in this thread, and it was for WGwee Barra. We never did find them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: GWEEBARRA SHORE
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 12:46 PM

oops. Wee Barra, not Gwee Barra..........(that's what I get for trying to be fancy!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: GWEEBARRA SHORE
From: nutty
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 01:45 PM

All I've been able to discover is that the song was written by Kevin Boyle - Maggie's brother ........ but no lyrics so far


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Subject: Lyr Add: GWEEBARRA SHORE (Maggie Boyle)
From: GUEST,Willa
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 05:45 PM

This was harder than I thought; lots of gaps (mostly names. I think your best bet would be to get hold of the CD.

Gweebarra Shore CD PRCDO5 © Maggie Boyle 1998

Maggie's Dad and Mum left Derryloughan, Gweebarra, Donegal, and settled in London, but he often reminisced about the place, and the characters there. The song was written by Kevin, after their Dad's death in 1989.

Photographs, faded in sepia
Look at that, there's your grandparents
And what about that ---
I'll tell you the stories, there may be some more
About Derryloughan on the Gweebarra shore

There's Peg O'Neill, sits in an empty house
--- --- --- piled on her mantelpiece,
Letters from her sons
All in America, gone to the war
None will come back to the Gweebarra shore.

Big Colm ---
Called in to pay us his best regards
Said he'd just finished the --- --- ---
In moleskins and corduroys off for the night
Away into Blenty(?) to look for a fight

Twas hard enough, just makin' a living
But if you were stuck --- the --- would fix your window pane
And tell of the wonders he'd seen the world o'er
While he's off fighting this war to end wars

And Annie Friel, she didn't think much of the auld regime
She put it like this
-----that mighty plan
But what of that Canon who says we can't dance?
Him with his toilet brought over from France!

-------
Johnny will come with his pots and pans
Play with a beauty to cast your heart away
And one and another will take to the floor
Sing the old songs of the Gweebarra shore
And Peg O'Neill sits in the empty house
-----
While piled on her mantelpiece
Letters from her sons
All in America, gone to the war
Not one came back to the Gweebarra shore

In '83 I saw it all planted
With forestry, the paths all grown over
----------
Look at the photographs, see it once more
That's Derryloughan on the Gweebarra shore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: GWEEBARRA SHORE
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 05:58 PM

Thank you Guest Willa!! That should make you a real Mudcatter!! Are you joined up?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Gweebarra Shore (Maggie Boyle)
From: GUEST,Violets49
Date: 28 Jan 14 - 03:40 PM

The last line in V3 is 'Away into GLENTIES to look for a fight'
Glenties is a town on Gweebarrow Bay in Donegal.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GWEEBARRA SHORE
From: GUEST,michaelr
Date: 28 Jan 14 - 06:47 PM

I got the lyrics (and the explanatory note that follows) some time back from Maggie herself, who posts here occasionally and was kind enough to respond to my request.


GWEEBARRA SHORE   (Kevin Boyle)

Photograph, (all) faded in sepia
Look at that, there's your grandparents
And what about that crew
I'll tell you a story, and maybe some more
About Derryloughan on the Gweebarra shore

There's Maeve O'Neill, she sits in an empty house
Paper sheets piled on her mantelpiece,
Letters from her sons
All in America, gone to the war
None would come back to the Gweebarra shore.

Big Con the Jar
Called in to pay us his best regards
Said he'd just finished the Kinlochleven dam
In moleskins and corduroys off for the night
Away into Glenties to look for a fight

Twas hard enough just makin' a living
But if you were stuck, Fletcher the prophet
would fix your window pane
And tell of the wonders he'd seen the world o'er
And why he'd not fight in this war to end wars

And Annie Friel, she didn't think much of theology
She put it like this
Ah now, that's a mighty plan
But what of that Canon who says we can't dance?
Him with his toilet brought over from France!

And the music man old Johnny would come with his pots and pans
And play with a beauty to cut your heart away
And one then another would take to the fore
And sing the old songs of the Gweebarra shore

And Maeve O'Neill still sits in the empty house
Paper sheets piled high on her mantelpiece
Letters from her sons
All in America, gone to the war
Not one came back to the Gweebarra shore

In '83 I saw it all planted
With forestry, the house all grown over
Now all is sad romance
Look at the photograph, see it once more
That's Derryloughan on the Gweebarra shore.


Just a note about the characters..Con the jar represents the lads whose only employment option was to go over to Scotland and work as a navvy - in this case, on the "new" hydro-electric dam - an unbelievably brutalising place. Fletcher the Prophet was one of the numerous english army officer deserters who had found their way to the west coast of Ireland. Johnny was John Doherty, the tinker-fiddler of Donegal who became a legend in his own lifetime. Canon McFadden was universally loathed by his community for opposing any potential fun and entertainment!

Happily, since the writing of this song, Derryloughan has been re-inhabited to some extent. I spoke (recently) to the couple who now live in my grandparents old house. Plus the schoolhouse is now a family home. - MB


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