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Pat Murphy's Meadow (John M Devine) videos
#1181: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
℗2008 ~ Used with permission ~

The autumn days are here again,
and the night winds chilly blow,
The woodlands turn to golden hue,
and the harvest moon's aglow;
To hear again of days long past
to come no more I know,
When I mowed Pat Murphy's meadow
in the sunny long ago.

I see again the ocean
and the distant sails afar,
As the maiden in the meadow
strikes up Dark Lough na Gar;
There was music soft and tender
in the winds that whispered low,
When I mowed Pat Murphy's meadow
in the sunny long ago.

Where are the happy boys and girls
that danced the gay quadrille,
Or the singer who warbled sweetly
The Burning Granite Mill?
To hear again at sunset
Where Sweet Afton's Waters Flow,
When I mowed Pat Murphy's meadow
in the sunny long ago.

Those days are but a memory,
like the snows of yesteryear,
And when evening shades are falling,
all alone I shed a tear;
On my cheek I feel the soft touch
of the winds that whispered low,
When I mowed Pat Murphy's meadow
in the sunny long ago.

####.... John Martin Devine [1877-1929] of Kings Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL ....####
Notes: Originally a poem rearranged in the 1930s by Anne Devine Pitcher, John Martin Devine's granddaughter, Pat Murphy's Meadow is a field in King's Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL, where the author spent his childhood. The words were set to a tune composed in the 1950s by Peter McNulty. The Irish entertainer from Mullagh, County Clare, Patrick Joseph (P J) Murrihy, heard it at a party in Chicago in 1982, and published it by Ceol Music in 1989.

See more of the Devines songs.

The video above features a performance by Canada's folk baritone, Lew Murphy of St John's, NL (Ballads Of Land & Sea, 1989 CD, trk#13, produced and distributed by Murphy Corp, St John's, NL, with the following note: "The program you are listening to was recorded in St John's, NL, from my radio series: The Irish Rover and The Come All Ye Round series and is used by prior permission of CBC managers Galgay-Gunn"); and (Canadian Folk Baritone Lew Murphy Sings Ballads Of Long Ago, 2001 CD, trk#2, Silvercliff Productions, Topsail, NL).

The video below features a recording by P J Murrihy from his I Won't Up The Ante! Licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of P J Murrihy Music), and two Music Rights Societies.

#688: YouTube video by sliotharball
℗2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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