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How Are Things In Glocca Morra Guitar Chords And Lyrics. Recorded By Bing Crosby. Words by E.Y. Harburg, music by Burton Lane and written around 1946.

[D]I [G]hear a [D]bird, London[G]derry [D]bird
 It [G]well may [D]be he's [G]bringing [D]me a [A]cheering [D]word
 I [G]hear a [D]breeze, a River [G]Shannon [D]breeze
 It [G]well may [D]be it's [G]followed [D]me a[A]cross the [D]seas
 Then [A]tell me [D]please:

[A]How are [D]things in Glocca [G]Morr[D]a?
 [D]Is that little brook still [A]leaping there?
 Does it still run down to [Em]Donny cove?
 Through Killybegs, Kilkerry and Kil[D]dare?

[A]How are [D]things in Glocca [G]Morr[D]a?
 [D]Is that willow tree still [A]weeping there?
 Does that lassie with the [Em]twinklin' eye
 Come smilin' by and [G]does she walk away

Sad and [D]dreamy there not [A]to see [D]me there?
 [D]So I [G]ask each weepin' willow and each [D]brook along the way
 And each [G]lass that comes a-sighin" [A]Too ra lay
 How are things in Glocca Morra this fine [D]day?

This kind of song is called ''An Emigration Song'' which were very popular in the 19th century. Emigration from Ireland had taken place on a massive scale during the 17th and 18th century and up to the early decades of the 19th century during the years of the great hunger [so called famine] millions od hungry people left the country, not just for a better life but to survive. They sailed to the U.S. Canada, Australia and Britain. Emigration songs have been written in many formats. In some songs the country of Ireland or a particular county or village is praised, in some cases the love of a place tied to the love of a man or woman. Some songs combine several of these elements as in the song Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore. They are usually lamenting the leaving the land and lassie behind, as the old saying goes ''All Our Wars Are Glorious And All Our Songs Are Sad''.


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