Glenswilly (Harry Hibbs) video
See also: The Hills Of Glenswilly (Ryan's Fancy)
#1856: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, listen awhile, my countrymen,
and hear my latest news,
Although my song is sorrowful wrong,
I hope you'll me excuse;
I left my peaceful residence,
for foreign land to see,
And I bade goodbye to Donegal,
likewise to Glenswilly.

No more upon the sycamore
I'll hear the blackbird sing,
No more to me the blithe cuckoo
will welcome back the spring;
No more I'll see the fertile fields,
a chuisle geal mo chroidhe,
On a foreign soil I'm made to toil,
far from Glenswilly.

Praise God, there's men around me stood,
each comrade kind and true,
And as I shook each well-known hand,
I bid my last adieu;
I said, "My fellow-countrymen,
I hope you'll soon be free,
And we'll raise the green flag proudly
over the hills of Glenswilly."

God bless you, dark old Donegal,
my own dear native land,
In dreams I ofttimes sing of you,
the lovely mountains grand;
At last three thousand miles or more
between your hills and me,
Oh, poor forlorn and exile cast,
far from Glenswilly.
Oh, poor forlorn and exile cast,
far from Glenswilly.

####.... Michael (Mick) McGinley of County Donegal, Ireland [1852-1940] ....####
Based on a poem, An Emigrant's Farewell which Mick McGinley wrote in 1883, on board the Invercargill bound for New Zealand, and also the subject of a 1997 New Zealand documentary, Erin's Exiled Daughters.

This variant arranged and recorded by Harry Hibbs (A Musical Tour Of Ireland, 1982, trk#4, Fantasia Records and Tapes, Mississauga, Ontario); and (Bell Island Boy, trk#10, 1995, a special limited edition of 1000 CDs produced by Marty Hibbs to help fund the Harry Hibbs Memorial Park scheduled to open on Bell Island that year).

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

A variant was also recorded as The Hills Of Glenswilly by Ryan's Fancy (Songs From The Shows, trk#10, ©2001, Avondale Music, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A chuisle geal mo chroidhe - O bright pulse of my heart.


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