Andy Irvine Lyrics

 

The goal is to collect the lyrics Andy has sung both as a solo artist & with the various groups he’s performed with over the years. We are currently in the middle of this project & we are hoping you folks can help out!

Have you got some lyrics we have not yet featured!? See the list below of what we’re after…

Email us: andyirvinefan@gmail.com

Year Title Original Release Artist Lyrics Recording Wanted
1978 Molly Bawn The 5th Irish Folk Festival Andy Irvine (Collective) Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
1980 Farewell To Ballymoney Rainy Sundays… Windy Dreams Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
1980 Thousands Are Sailing To Amerikay Folk Friends 2 Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
1990 An Irish Dream Over The Years Peter Ratzenbeck Lyrics Wanted!
1991 Rude Awakening Rude Awakening Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
1991 The Whole Damn Thing Rude Awakening Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
1991 Viva Zapata! Rude Awakening Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
1992 Kadana EastWind Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane Lyrics Wanted!
1992 The Bear’s Rock EastWind Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane Lyrics Wanted!
1993 Goodbye Monday Blues All In Good Time Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1993 Lawrence Common All In Good Time Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1995 Forgotten Hero The Best of Patrick Street Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1996 Down By Greer’s Grove Cornerboys Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1996 Merrily Tripping O’er The Plain Cornerboys Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1996 Moorlough Shore Cornerboys Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1996 On Yonder Hill Cornerboys Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1996 Pity The Poor Hare Cornerboys Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1996 Sweet Lisbweemore Cornerboys Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1996 Take No Prisoners/Old Brunswick Rain on the Roof Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
1996 The Kilgrain Hare Cornerboys Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1997 Spanking Maggie From The Ross Made In Cork Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1997 When Adam Was In Paradise Made In Cork Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
1999 Wild Rover No More Live From Patrick Street Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
2000 On A Distant Shore Way Out Yonder Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
2000 Rainbow ‘Mid the Willow Compendium: The Best of Patrick Street Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
2000 Way Out Yonder Way Out Yonder Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
2002 Down in Matewan Street Life Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
2007 The Rich Irish Lady On The Fly Patrick Street Lyrics Wanted!
2010 In The Garden Undiscovered Country Lindsey Horner Lyrics Wanted!
2010 James Magee/Isambard’s Lament Abocurragh Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
2010 Oslo/Norwegian Mazurka Abocurragh Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
2010 The Demon
Abocurragh Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
2010 Victory At Lawrence Abocurragh Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
2015 I Wish I Was in Dublin Town LIVE AT FOXROCK FOLK CLUB – 2CD – THE PARISH HALL TAPES 1970-72 Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
2015 Jack Tar LIVE AT FOXROCK FOLK CLUB – 2CD – THE PARISH HALL TAPES 1970-72 Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
2015 Noddy’s Little Red Car LIVE AT FOXROCK FOLK CLUB – 2CD – THE PARISH HALL TAPES 1970-72 Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
2015 Talking Dust Bowl Blues LIVE AT FOXROCK FOLK CLUB – 2CD – THE PARISH HALL TAPES 1970-72 Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
2017 As Good As It Gets Ushers Island Ushers Island Lyrics Wanted!
2017 Felix the Soldier Ushers Island Ushers Island Lyrics Wanted!
2017 Molly Ban Ushers Island Ushers Island Lyrics Wanted!
2018 Champion at Keeping Them Rollin’ Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
2018 Dunlavin Green Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
2018 Erin’s Green Shore Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
2018 Frank Ryan Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
2018 Hard Times in ‘Comer’s Mines Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
2018 Here’s a Health to Every Miner Lad Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
2018 Niamh and Oisín Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
2018 The Death of Ben Hall Precious Heroes Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Lyrics Wanted!
I Thought That It Was Raining Rare or Unreleased Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
Lawrence 1912 Rare or Unreleased Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
Shining Star Rare or Unreleased Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
Sweet Bann Water Rare or Unreleased Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
The Blind Harper Rare or Unreleased Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted!
Victor Hara of Chile Rare or Unreleased Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
You and I in One Bed Lie Rare or Unreleased Andy Irvine Lyrics Wanted! Recording Wanted
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11 comments

  1. Hi,
    Here are the lyrics for (The Ballad Of Harry …) Houdini
    As far as I can figure them!

    (As recorded Belfast BlackBox 15/10/2015)

    Harry Houdini the Hang up king
    He could escape from nearly anything
    The world’s admiration Harry Houdini won it
    For if it could be done Houdini done it…

    [Lyrics Removed]

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    1. Thank you for this! As this is a new song which has not yet been recorded (and therefore copyright protected), i will hold off on publishing these lyrics. I will however keep them on record & when the right time comes i will include them. Thank you for the submission!

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  2. Hi mate !

    Just wanted you to know that John Barlow was recorded on a Lp, called “Patris” (Homeland) by the Greek band, “Apodimi Compania”, on Brunswick Recordings 0010, 1990, Melbourne, Australia. Andy plays Bouzouki and sings.Manoli Galiatsos plays the Oud and George Galiatsos plays the Guitar.

    Andy told me that he had learnt the song from Robert Cinnamond of Co, Antrim, who would not recognise it if he heard it now !!!!!!!

    The lyrics are :

    There was a lady lived in the West
    And she was dressed in green
    And she’s leaned over her father’s castle wall
    To watch the ships sail in.

    What is wrong with you her father he did say
    You look so pale and wan
    O have you any sore sickness
    Or yet been sleeping with a man.

    I have not had any sore sickness
    But I’m in love with a young man
    And the only thing that breaks my heart
    Is what keeps my darling so long?

    Is he a Lord or a Squire or a Duke
    Or a man of noted fame
    Or is he one of my serving men
    That’s lately come out of Spain?

    He is not a Lord, or a Squire or a Duke
    Nor a man of noted fame
    But he is young John from the isle of Man
    And I think he is a fine young man.

    O, send him down, the saucy clown
    O, send him down onto me
    For if he is thinking to gain my daughter’s hand
    He must leave this country.

    O father dear now don’t be severe
    And don’t be cruel onto me
    For if you banish young John Barlow
    You will get no good of me.

    But the King he has sent for his merry, merry men
    And his merry men thirty and three
    And instead of young John been the very first one
    The very last one came he.

    He entered the room young John Barlow
    And the clothes that he wore were of silk
    And his two blue eyes like the morning sky
    And his skin was as white as milk.

    It’s no wonder the King he did say
    My daughter’s in love with thee
    For had I been a woman as I am a man
    My bedfellow you would have been.

    Will you wed my daughter he said
    Will you take her by the hand
    And will you wed my daughter he said
    And be Lord over all my land?

    O, I will wed your daughter he said
    But she’s no match for me
    For every pound she can count down
    I can count thirty and three.

    He’s mounted her on a milk white steed
    Himself on a dapple grey
    And he’s made her a Lady of as much land
    As she could ride in a long summer’s day.

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  3. west coast of claire
    Sorrow and sadness, bitterness, grief
    Memories I have of you won’t leave me in peace
    My mind is running back to the West coast of Clare
    Thinking of you and the times we spent there

    I walked the Spanise point I knew I’d find you there
    I stood on the white strand and you were everywhere
    Vivid memories fade but the mood still remains
    I wish I could go back and be with you again

    In Milltown there is a pub it’s there that I sat down
    I see you everywhere your face is all around
    The search of times past contains such sweet pain
    I’ll banish lonesome thoughts but they’ll return again

    I walk along the shore the rain in my face
    My mind is numb with grief of you there is no trace
    I’ll think of this again when in far off gleng I rove
    Walking with you by this cold Atlantic flow

    Sorrow and sadness, bitterness, grief
    Memories I have of you won’t leave me in peace
    My mind is running back to the West coast of Clare
    Thinking of you and the times we spent there

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  4. Here are the lyrics of ‘ Thousands are Sailing’

    {t:THOUSANDS ARE SAILING}
    {c:Planxty – Traditional Irish – G – 03:30}
    #

    {start_of_chorus}
    So good luck to those people and safe may they land
    They are leaving their country for a far distant strand
    They are leaving old Ireland, no longer can stay
    And thousands are sailing to America
    {end_of_chorus}
    —-
    You brave Irish heroes wherever you be
    I pray stand a moment and listen to me
    Your sons and fair daughters are now going away
    And thousands are sailing to America
    —-

    The night before leaving they are bidding goodbye
    And it’s early next morning their heart gives a sigh
    They do kiss their mothers and then they do say
    Fare thee well, dearest father, we must now go away

    {start_of_chorus}
    So good luck to those people and safe may they land
    They are leaving their country for a far distant strand
    They are leaving old Ireland, no longer can stay
    And thousands are sailing to America
    {end_of_chorus}
    —-
    Their friends and relations, their neighbours also
    When the trunks they are packed up all ready to go
    The tears form their eyes they fall down like the rain
    And the horses are prancing going off for the train

    —-
    When they do reach the station you will hear their last cry
    With handkerchiefs waving and bidding goodbye
    Their hearts will be breaking on leaving the shore
    Fare thee well, dear old Ireland, we will ne’er see you more

    {start_of_chorus}
    So good luck to those people and safe may they land
    They are leaving their country for a far distant strand
    They are leaving old Ireland, no longer can stay
    And thousands are sailing to America
    {end_of_chorus}
    —-
    So I pity the mother that rears up the child
    And likewise the father who labours and toils
    To try to support them he will work night and day
    And when they are reared up they will go away

    {start_of_chorus}
    So good luck to those people and safe may they land
    They are leaving their country for a far distant strand
    They are leaving old Ireland, no longer can stay
    And thousands are sailing to America
    {end_of_chorus}

    Hope you like it.

    Cheers

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  5. And here’s another one you are looking for – Moorlough Shore. It’s including some guitar chords which I hope you don’t mind.

    {t:MOORLOUGH SHORE}

    INTRO: 1e 2 regels couplet

    Last [C]night I [Gmaj7]went to se[C]e my l[G]ove
    To he[Em7]ar what sh[Am]e might sa[C]y [Gmaj7]
    To[D5] see if sh[G]e might [Cmaj7]pity [D5] me be[Am7]fore I [B/D] go a[C]way
    She say[C]s: I love [G]a [Cmaj7]sailor[D5]boy he is the [Am7]lad I[B/D] do [C]adore
    So t[C]ake this [G]for your [Cmaj7]answer [D5]now and t[Em7]rouble m[Am7]e no m[C]ore [G – C -D5]

    May[C]be your s[Gmaj7]ailor [C]he is [G]lost while cro[Em7]ssing the wi[Am7]de ma[C]in [Gmaj7]
    Or [D5]he has fo[G]und ano[Cmaj7]ther [D5]love and he[Am7]’ll never co[B/D]me back ag[C]ain
    Well [C]if my s[G]ailor b[Cmaj7]oy is [D5]lost no o[Am7]ther wi[B/D]ll I t[C]ake
    Through [C]lonesome [G]shades and va[Cmaj7]lle[D5]ys I will wo[Em7]nder f[Am7]or his s[C]afe [G]

    [Tussenstuk]
    Am7, D, Gmaj7, Cmaj7, Gmaj7, Cmaj7, Gmaj7, D5
    Am7, D, Cmaj7, – Gmaj7, Am7, C, – G

    Our [C]ship she [Gmaj7]lies in [C]water [G]pond all [Em7]ready [Am7]to set [C]sail [Gmaj7]
    May [D5]kind provid[G]ence be[Cmaj7] stone on [D5]us and [Am7]finding a [B/D]pleasant [C]gail
    O [C]if I [G]had ten [Cmaj7]thousand [D5]pounds or [Am7]that much [B/D]more in [C]store
    I would [C]give it [G]all to the [Cmaj7]girl I [D5]love that [Em7]dwells near the [Am7]Moorlough [C]Shore [G – C – D5]]

    Fare[C]well on[Gmaj7]to you [Cmaj7]Antrims [G]groves like[Em7]wise to the [Am7]bleaching [C]green [Gmaj7]
    Where the [D5]limnin’ [G]web lies [Cmaj7]pure and [D5]white be[Am7]side young [B/D]crystal [C]trees
    Where [C]many [G]happy [Cmaj7]hours I have[D5] spend but [Am7]now alas [B/D]they’re all l[C]ost
    Since the [C]girl I l[G]ove has [Cmaj7]vanished [D5]me far [Em7]far from the [Am7]Moorlough [C]Shore [G]

    [UITTRO]

    Am7, D, Gmaj7, Cmaj7, Gmaj7, Cmaj7, Gmaj7, D5
    Am7, D, Cmaj7 – Gmaj7, Am7, C – G

    Lots of fun,

    Jochanai Doffkowitz

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  6. And all good things come in three. Here’s BRACKAGH HILL
    {t:BRACKAGH HILL}
    {st:Andy Irvine / Planxty}
    {c:}
    #

    INTRO: C – D – Em – C – D – Em – C – D – Bm – C – D – G – C – D – Bm – C – D

    [Em]One night as I [C]lay [Am7]slumbering [D]in- my [C]silent [D]bed al[G]one –
    Some [C]rakish [D]thoughts came [Em]in my [D]head – which [Bm]caused me[C] for to [D]roam
    To l[C]eave b[D]ehind my [B7]native [Em]town – and the [C]wee [Am7]girl I[C] [D]adore
    To [C]take a [D]trip as I [C]I saw [Em]fit – strange c[G]ountries [G/B]to ex[C]plore

    The night before I went away – I was walking over Brackagh Hill
    I met my love upon the road – and her eyes with tears did fill
    O Johnny dear she said stay here – and do not go away
    For there’ll be none for to comfort me – when you are o’er the sea

    Well I took her by the lily white hand – and I held her long and fast
    My darling girl I must away – for our ship lies in Belfast
    But if you’ll prove constant I’ll prove true – you know I am well inclined
    So we kissed shook hands and parted – and I left my girl behind

    INTERMEZZO

    And it’s when we landed at Greenock shore – the people all gathered round
    They said I was a rakish lad – come to cut their harvest down
    They told me to return home – and to never more be seen
    So that very night I took my flight – back to Erin’s lovely green

    And when Mary heard her Johnny was home – her heart it did leap with joy
    She threw herself all in his arms – saying yo’re my darling boy
    O Johnny dear I’m glad you’re here – for you I have thought long
    So let them all say as they will – our wedding will go on

    And Brackagh Hill is a lovely place – with fine wee girls therein
    You’d swear they were the nightingale – when they sit down and sing
    Where the Salmon Trout do sport about – round Lough Neagh’s verdant shore
    So let them all say as they will – you are mine forever more

    OUTRO als INTRO
    C – D – Em – C – D – Em – C – D – Bm – C – D – G – C – D – Bm – C – Em – Bm7/E

    Have fun!

    Jochanai Doffkowitz

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