This version is from the album, Bringing It All Back Home Disc 1 Track 6 The following singers are listed:
Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane, RobbieO'Connell. Chords by Robert Gibson which uses a capo on the second fret.
[Dm]Kilkelly, Ireland, [F]18 and 60, my [C]dear and loving son [Dm]John
Your good friend the schoolmaster [F]Pat McNamara's so [C]good
as to write these words [Dm]down.
Your [F]brothers have all gone to [C]find work in England,
the[Bb] house is so empty and [A7]sad
The[Dm] crop of potatoes is [F]sorely infected,
a [C]third to a half of them [Dm]bad.
And [F]your sister Brigid and [C]Patrick O'Donnell
are [Bb]going to be married in[A7] June.
Your [Dm] mother says not to [F]work on the railroad
and [C]be sure to come on home [Dm]soon.
Kilkelly, Ireland, [F]18 and 70, my [C]dear and loving son [Dm]John
Hello to your Mrs and [F]to your 4 children,
may they [C]grow healthy and [Dm]strong.
[F]Michael has got in a [C]wee bit of trouble,
I [Bb]guess that he never will [A7]learn.
Be[Dm]cause of the dampness there's [F]no turf to speak of
and [C]now we have nothing to [Dm]burn.
And [F]Brigid is happy, you [C]named a child for her
and [Bb]now she's got six of her [A7]own.
You [Dm]say you found work, but you [F]don't say what kind
Or [C]when you will be coming [Dm]home.
Kilkelly, Ireland, [F]18 and 80, dear [C]Michael and John, my [Dm]sons
I'm sorry to give you the [F]very sad [C]news
that your dear old mother has [Dm]gone.
We [F]buried her down at the [C]church in Kilkelly,
your [Bb]brothers and Brigid were [A7]there.
You [Dm]don't have to worry, she [F]died very quickly,
[C]remember her in your [Dm]prayers.
And it's [F]so good to hear that [C]Michael's returning,
with[Bb] money he's sure to buy [A7]land
For [Dm]the crop has been poor and the [F]people are selling
at [C]any price that they [Dm]can.
Kilkelly, Ireland, [F]18 and 90, my [C]dear and loving son [Dm]John
I guess that I must be [F]close on to eighty,
it's [C]thirty years since you're [Dm]gone.
Be[F]cause of all of the [C]money you sent me,
I'm [Bb]still living out on my [A7]own.
[Dm]Michael has built him[F]self a fine house
and [C]Brigid's daughters have [Dm]grown.
[F]Thank you for sending [C]your family picture,
they're [Bb]lovely young women and [A7]men.
You [Dm]say that you might even [F]come for a visit,
what [C]joy to see you a[Dm]gain.
Kilkelly, Ireland, [F]18 and 92, [C]to my dear brother[Dm] John
I'm sorry I didn't write [F]sooner to tell you
[C]that father passed [Dm]on.
He [F]was living with Brigid, she [C]said he was cheerful
and [Bb]healthy right down to the [A7]end.
Ah, [Dm]you should have seen him playing [F]with the grandchildren
of [C]Pat McNamara, your [Dm]friend.
And [F]we buried him a[C]longside of mother,
down [Bb]at the Kilkelly church[A7]yard.
[Dm]He was a strong and a [F]feisty old man,
con[C]sidering his life was so [Dm]hard.
Andit's [F] funny the way he kept [C]talking about you,
he [Bb]called for you at the [A7]end.
Oh, [Dm]why don't you think about [F]coming to visit,
we'd [C]all love to see you a[Dm]gain.