Irish Roses - Kilkelly
Bm Bm D A Bm Kilkelly, Ireland, 18 and 60, my dear and loving son John D A Your good friend the schoolmaster Pat McNamara's so good Bm As to write these words down. D A Your brothers have all gone to find work in England, Bm A The house is so empty and sad Bm D The crop of potatoes is sorely infected, A Bm A third to a half of them bad. D A And your sister Brigid and Patrick O'Donnell Bm A Are going to be married in June. Bm D Your mother says not to work on the railroad A Bm And be sure to come on home soon. Bm D A Bm Kilkelly, Ireland, 18 and 70, dear and loving son John D Hello to your Mrs and to your 4 children, A Bm May they grow to be healthy and strong. D A Michael has got in a wee bit of trouble, Bm A I guess that he never will learn. Bm D Because of the dampness there's no turf to speak of A Bm And now we have nothing to burn. D A And Brigid is happy, you named a child for her Bm A And now she's got six of her own. Bm D You say you found work, but you won't say A Bm What kind or when you will be coming home. Bm D A Bm Kilkelly, Ireland, 18 and 80, dear Michael and John, my sons D I'm sorry to give you the very sad news A Bm That your dear old mother has gone. D A We buried her down at the church in Kilkelly, Bm A Your brothers and Brigid were there. Bm D And you don't have to worry, she died very quickly, A Bm Remember her in your prayers. D A And it's so good to hear that Michael's returning, Bm A With money he's sure to buy land Bm D For the crop has been poor and the people A Bm Are selling at any price that they can. Bm D A Bm Kilkelly, Ireland, 18 and 90, my dear and loving son John D I guess that I must be close on to eighty, A Bm It's thirty years since you're gone. D A Because of all of the money you send me, Bm A I'm still living out on my own. Bm D And Michael has built himself a fine house A Bm And Brigid's daughters have grown. D A Thank you for sending your family picture, Bm A They're lovely young women and men. Bm D You say that you might even come for a visit, A Bm What a joy to see you again. Bm D A Bm Kilkelly, Ireland, 18 and 92, my dear brother John D A Bm I'm sorry that I didn't write sooner to tell you that father passed on. D A He was living with Brigid, she says he was cheerful Bm A And healthy right down to the end. Bm D Ah, you should have seen him play with A Bm The grandchildren of Pat McNamara, your friend. D A And we buried him alongside of your poor mother, Bm A Down at the Kilkelly churchyard. Bm D Oh, he was a strong and a feisty old man, A Bm Considering his life was so hard. D A And it's funny the way he kept talking about you, Bm A He called for you in the end. Bm D Oh, why don't you think about coming to visit, A D We'd all love to see you again.
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