Girl From Donegal (Harry Hibbs) videos
#973: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Young girls draw near and I'll tell you here,
Of a story that makes me sad:
For he sailed away the other day,
My own dear Irish lad.
My heart did break all for his sake,
And tears like rain did fall;
Oh, why did he part yet break the heart,
Of the girl from Donegal?

He was big and strong, when he sang the song,
To delight your heart to hear;
But he stepped so light, and his eyes so bright,
In a voice so sweet and clear.
He could handle a spade or court a maid,
The fairest of them all;
Yet he was inclined to leave behind,
The girl from Donegal.

I wished in vain that he would remain,
But he had to sail away,
And he left me here to pine in fear,
Till he returned someday.
And if in time he doesn't want to,
He needn't return at all;
Oh, why did he part yet break the heart,
Of the girl from Donegal?

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a response to My Girl From Donegal, collected in Northern Ireland c.1923 by Sam Henry [1878-1952] and published as #H4, on pp.190-191 in Sam Henry's Songs Of The People, edited, transcribed, and annotated by E Gale Huntingdon [1901-1993]; revised with additions and indices by Lani Herrmann (University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA, 1990) ....####
This response to the original My Girl From Donegal was first recorded as a single in 1958 by Bridie Gallagher [b.1924] and later used as her nickname. Bridie Gallagher was born in Ards, Ceesslough, County Donegal, Ireland, the second youngest of a family of ten. She recorded her first hit in 1956, A Mother's Love is a Blessing. In July 1957 she recorded her biggest hit, The Boys From The County Armagh which launched her onto the world stage. She performed on four continents, drawing a record 7,500 audience in the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1959. She lived in Belfast for most of her life.

The video above features a recording by Harry Hibbs (More Harry Hibbs At The Caribou, trk#7, 1968, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario; remastered and released in 2002 by Unidisc Studios, Montreal, Quebec).

A variant was arranged and recorded by Kevin Collins of Placentia, NL (Newfoundland / Irish Favourites, trk#10, 1994, Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL).

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The video below features a slightly confusing variant recorded by Harry Hibbs (Pure Gold, trk#9, 1980 LP, Tapestry Records And Tapes, Toronto, Ontario, distributed by RCA Inc, Don Mills, Ontario). Note the interchanging of girl/lad, he/she, lad/lass, and his/her in the first and third verses.

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#1900: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
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