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Doolough Lyrics By Derek Warfield

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Doolough Lyrics / Poem By Derek Warfield also know as ''The Famine Songs''. This is one of many songs on this site about The Great Hunger / Famine in Ireland. Other songs here include ''The Famine Song'', ''Staten Island'' by Johnny McEvoy, ''The Fields Of Athenry by Pete St.John, Farewell My Green Valleys by Susan McCann, to name a few. Irish folk.

Introduction spoken

 

We see it on our TV,the Symptoms we know well

Despair on human faces,as children’s belly’s swell

And Ireland’s generous memory so marked with

Painfull Stains

Responds with helpful kindness to relieve the hunger pains

Communications see to it no famine now is hidden

And victory for  concerning hands sees none Balance Hidden.

Ah!  But Doolough

No guarding Souls could hear the stressful cries

And generations- pass us by and tears are still disguised

 

 

Oh the Famine was to Ireland just one more hate-

ful crush

That started with plantations and Cromwell’s

cruel push.

The coercion of the Union  a parliment denied

No native voice to speak for rights saw miserysup-

plied.

The absentee the bailiff and gombeen men Galore

Reduced a noble people to beggars by the Score.

And mansions gold and riches saw England’s

Rulers fed

While Ireland’s Fields and ditches were littered with

Our dead.

 

Chorus

No ears could hear the crying and the powerful

men were deaf

And eyes that seen the dying saw seeds of hate were left

The shuffling feet of innocents surrendered on the road.

No bowl of maize but roadside graves,

Relieved those starving hoards.

Oh Doolough you remind us with the valley of your name

How power n’ greed and bigotry made skeletons of shame.

 

The women and the children who ate turnips in the field.

Whose lips were seen of grassy green They

searched the fields for weeds.

Their death it mattered little,

A  millon mabey two.

 

 

To the rulers and Victoria was like Hitler to the Jew.

Potato crops they failed, we’re told there’s nothing

Could bedone.

And soup it would bei offered where the Papish

Church is strong.

T’would never bee accepted in Sommerset or Kent

That they perished on the roadside,

And sold their food for rent.

 

Chorus

No ears could hear the crying and the powerfull

Men were deaf

And eyes that seen the dying saw seeds of hate were left

The shuffling feet of innocents surrendered on the road

No bowl of maize but roadside graves relieved

Those starving hoards.

Oh Doolough you remind us with the valley of your name.

How power n’ greed and bigotry made Skeletons of shame.

 

No Monuments remember, the ships of death that sailed.

And some survived to work and toil,

Where others may have failed.

To Quebec’s streams of liberty,to Pampas grass so tall.

Went  the children of the Famine where.

Freedoms bell would call.

The coffin Chips and Cholera and sea it claimed its share

In the year of 1850 Ireland’s towns and street’s were bare.

And to the Great Hunger when children starved to death,

And Doolough remember County Mayo,

Where men and women wept.

 

 

 

Last Chorus as above.

 

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