Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

My Own Dear Galway Bay

Galway Bay
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It's far away I am today from scenes I roamed a boy,
And long ago the hour, I know, I first saw Illinois.
But time nor tide nor waters wide, could wean my heart away.
Forever true it flies to you, my own dear Galway Bay.

Oh, grey and bleak, by shores and creek, the rugged rocks abound.
But sweet and green the grass between, as grows on Irish ground.
So friendship fond, all wealth beyond, and love that lives always.
Bless every home beside your foam, my dear old Galway Bay.

Had I youth's blood and hopeful mood, and heart of fire once more.
For all the gold the world might hold, I'd never leave your shore.
I'd be content with whatever God sent, with neighbours old and grey.
And I'd lay my bones 'neath churchyard stones, beside you Galway Bay.

The blessings of a poor old man, be with you night and day.
The blessings of a poor old man, whose heart will soon be clay.
It's all the heaven I'd ask of God, upon my dying day.
My soul to soar for evermore, above you, Galway Bay.

Comp: Francis Fahy (1854-1935)

Discography: Dolores Keane

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