Nancy Spain

Of all the stars that ever shone
Not one does twinkle like your pale blue eyes
And like golden corn at harvest time your hair
Sailing in my boat the wind
Gently blows and fills my sail
Your sweet-scented breath is everywhere

Daylight peeping through the curtains
Of the passing night time is your smile
And the sun in the sky is like your laugh
Come back to me my Nancy
Linger for just a little while
Since you left these shores I’ve known no peace nor joy

No matter where I wander I’m still haunted by your name
The portrait of your beauty stares the same
Standing by the ocean wondering where you’ve gone, if you’ll return again
Where is the ring I gave to Nancy Spain?

On the day in Spring when snow starts to melt and streams to flow
With the birds I’ll sing this song
Then in a while I’ll wander
Down by bluebell grove where wild flowers grow
And I’ll hope that lovely Nancy will return

Barney Rushe, of Sallynoggin

 

When the late Barney Rushe wrote this classic ballad, he used the name of a woman of some notoriety.

 

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Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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