Boys From the County Mayo

Boys From the County Mayo

Far away from the land of the Shamrock and heather
In search of a living, as exiles we roam
And whenever we chance to assemble together
We think of the land where we once had a home:
But our homes are destroyed and our soil confiscated
The hand of the tyrant brought plunder and woe;
The fires are now quenched and our hearts desolated
In our once happy homes in the County Mayo

Long years have now passed since with hearts full of sorrow
The land of the Shamrock we left far behind;
But how we would like to going back there tomorrow;
To the scenes of our youth, which we still bear in mind;
The days of our childhood, it’s now we regret them
They cling to our vision wherever we go;
And the friends of our youth we shall never forget them
They too are exiled from the County Mayo

From historic Killala, from Swinford to Balla
Ballyhaunis and Westport and old Castlebar
Kiltimagh and Claremorris, Belmullet and Erris
Kilkelly and Knock that is famed near and far;
Balla, Ballina, Ballinrobe and Bohola
Keeloges and Foxford a few miles below
Newport and Cong with old Straide and Manulla
Charlestown too, in the County Mayo

So boys pull together in all kinds of weather
Don’t show the white feather wherever you go
Be like a brother and love one another
Like stout hearted men from the County Mayo

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