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The Isle of Innisfree

St Patrick’s Day 2024

The Isle of Innisfree

Music and Lyrics by Dick Farrelly


I’ve met some folks

who say I am a dreamer

 

And I’ve no doubt

there’s truth in what they say

 

But sure a body’s bound

to be a dreamer

 

When all the things she loves

are far away


And precious things

are dreams unto an exile


They take her o’er the land

across the sea

 

Especially when it happens

she’s an exile

 

From that dear lovely

Isle of Innisfree


And when the moonlight

peeps across the roof tops

 

Of this great city

wondrous tho’ it be

 

I scarcely feel its wonder

or its laughter

 

I’m once again

back home in Innisfree

 

I wander o’er green hills

through dreamy valleys


And find a peace

no other land would know

 

I hear the birds make music fit for angels

And watch the rivers laughing as they flow

 

And then into a humble shack I wander

My dear old home and tenderly behold

The folks I love around the turf fire gathered

On bended knees their Rosary is told


But dreams don’t last

though dreams are not forgotten


And soon I’m back

to stern reality

 

But though they pave the footpaths

here with gold dust

I still would choose my Isle of Innisfree

 

But dreams don’t last

though dreams are not

forgotten


And soon I’m back

to stern reality

 

But though they pave

the footpaths here with gold dust

 

I still would choose

my Isle of Innisfree.

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