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Lyr Req: The Winding River Roe (from Cara Dillon)

GUEST,b.j. 15 Mar 03 - 06:34 AM
Malcolm Douglas 15 Mar 03 - 10:12 AM
Jim Dixon 17 Mar 03 - 04:05 AM
Jim Dixon 15 Dec 09 - 08:34 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Winding River Roe
From: GUEST,b.j.
Date: 15 Mar 03 - 06:34 AM

can someone help with the lyrics for the song/poem The Winding River Roe?

i saw cara dillon perform this song @ the 2003 Womad Festival here in Adelaide, Australia just recently and would love to get a copy.
preferably the traditional text but any variants would be more than o.k.

also could anyone advise who has recorded this piece....i know Ann Breen may have but are not sure from which album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Winding River Roe
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 15 Mar 03 - 10:12 AM

There are several quite different songs called The River Roe; for one, see this earlier thread: ADD:The River Roe (first part; the second half of the song appears further down the page).

It can be found quite easily by typing river roe into the onsite search-engine which you'll find on the main Forum page. Winding river roe doesn't work; it isn't, I think, usually called that, though William Allingham set his Winding Banks of Erne to the tune, and some confusion may perhaps have arisen as a result. A search via Google certainly returns several "winding" references, mostly to Cara Dillon.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Winding River Roe
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Mar 03 - 04:05 AM

"The Winding River Roe" is performed by John James Kelly on CD #6 of the series "O Ghluin go Gluin" ("From Knee to Knee" i.e. passed down)

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WINDING RIVER ROE (from Cara Dillon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:34 AM

Found at


Some poets sing of a noble king, all of a sweetheart fair;
Some tell a tale of ships that sail with treasures rich and rare;
But my humble pen still drifts again to scenes of long ago
Across the sea to the Benedy and the winding river Roe.

Right well do I remember now those happy childhood days,
And the times I had when just a lad on Carn's lovely braes,
And when my mind is thus inclined no other joys I know,
For my heart remains on the verdant plains near the winding river Roe.

Benbradagh's crown o'er Dungiven town is still within my view,
And the Benedy Glen I worshipped then still lives in memory too.
The beautiful scene of Cashel Green still haunts where'er I go,
And in all my dreams I see it seems the winding river Roe.

If fortune smiles on me a while, I'll cross the sea again,
And all those years of toil and tears will be forgotten then;
And when at last my life has passed, contentedly I'll go
Across the sea to the Benedy and the winding river Roe.

[On Cara Dillon's album "Sweet Liberty" this is called "traditional." To my ears, this has the flavor of a 19th-century poem, but I am unable to find it with Google Books.]

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