Lough Erne Shore

“One of Ulster’s most beautiful love songs, typical of those composed by the hedge school masters, with their references to Greek and Classical Literature.

“I learned it from Paddy Tunney at one of the singers gatherings held in Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, during the late seventies. It was at these esoteric meetings that I was in the privileged position as a young singer to have met many of the great figures in Northern traditional song.”

— Eithne

One morning as I went a fowling,
Bright Phoebus adorned the plain,
T’was down by the banks of Lough Erne,
I met with this wonderful dame.
Her voice was so sweet and so pleasing,
Her beautiful notes she did sing,
The innocent fowl of the forest,
Their notes on to her they did bring.

It being the first time that I met her,
My heart it did leap with surprise,
I thought that she was no mortal ,
But an angel who fell from the skies.
Her hair it resembled gold tresses,
And her cheeks were as white as the snow,
And her lips were as red as the roses,
That bloom upon Lough Erne shore.

When I found that my love was eloping,
These words on to her I did say,
O take me to your habitation,
For Cupid has led me astray.
Forever I`ll keep the commandments,
They say that it is the best plan,
Fair maids who do yield to men’s pleasures,
The scriptures they say they are wrong.

O Mary, don’t accuse me of weakness,
For treachery I do disown,
I would make you a lady of honour,
If with me this night you’ll come home,
O had I the lamp of great Alladin,
His rings and his genie that’s more,
I would part with them all for to gain you,
And live upon Lough Erne shore.


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