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ADD: Wexford Lullaby (Lulay lulay my tiny child)

24 Jun 99 - 05:30 AM (#89304)
Subject: LYR ADD: Wexford Lullaby
From: Ciaran


Words/music - John Renbourn

Lulay lulay, my tiny child
Too soon you'll know the world so wild
Yes all too soon you will be grown
And I'll bide here alone, alone.

The rushing bellows you shall ride
And the light of the North Star will be your guide
But yet awhile, I'll have you stay
Lulay my tiny child, lulay.

For you shall run in meadows green
And sport with otters all in the stream
And you shall chase the dapple deer
And swim with salmon in the waters clear.

To pluck the small birds from the sky
On the tail of the South wind, you shall fly
And take the high hills for your home
Blood of my blood, bone of my bone.

The moon must sleep beyond the tree
So weep sweet maid of Galilee
The sun must rise before the cross
To dry your tears and share your loss.

The darkest hour of the starless night
Must bow to the power of the Eastern light
That heals the earth and makes us whole
Heart of my heart, soul of my soul.

And when at last your course is run
Joy of my joy, my little son
Beneath the sky you'll stand alone
Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone.

Yes you shall stand on the coal-black sands
To cross o'er the waters of the Western lands
But now I have you at my breast
Lulay my sweet one, gently rest.

30 Nov 01 - 11:39 AM (#600957)
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Wexford Lullaby
From: Peg

thank you for posting this!!!!!! I just decided (having bought the Celtic Sojourn Christmas CD) I would like to add this to the program of our little Celtic Solstice gig and was worried I would not be able to find the lyrics...


30 Nov 01 - 11:49 AM (#600968)
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Wexford Lullaby
From: MMario

lyrics are in the DT. and IvanB sent in a midi to Alan's Mudcat Midi page (see link in quicklinks above)

30 Nov 01 - 01:28 PM (#601031)
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Wexford Lullaby
From: DMcG

How is this related to the Wexford Carol, (recorded in several places such as by The Chieftains) which uses the same tune but different words? Did John Renbourn write new words to an existing carol, or did these other people rewrite his???

30 Nov 01 - 01:33 PM (#601036)
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Wexford Lullaby

I rather think the version recorded by The Chieftans etc are the original words, but then again, I could be wrong.

30 Nov 01 - 02:21 PM (#601072)
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Wexford Lullaby
From: MartinRyan

The "Wexford Carol" aka "The Enniscorthy Carol" was collected by one Grattan Flood in the late 19 C.


30 Nov 01 - 06:27 PM (#601244)
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Wexford Lullaby
From: Peg

John Renbourne did inded rewrite the version of these lyrics you see at the top of this thread. And a lovely job he did too.