Ian Dury - O'Donegal Lyrics

Fresh mist on the morning and tears in my eyes
I'm back for the dawning of Donegal skies
My life in the city seems light years away
When I see the Blue Mountains from Ballybofey
Where the wanderers welcome is kindest of all
I've come back to my darling, my sweet Donegal

We'll meet at the cross on the Rathmullen Road
Where the sight of Loch Swilly is a beauty bestowed
As we're counting our blessings away from the throng
We will hear the wild birds sing their Donegal song
Where the stranger is welcome to a true free for all
They named you, my darling, my brave Donegal

I raise up my glass at the end of the day
God bless every sunset o'er Donegal Bay
Sure nothing is sweeter wherever I roam
As the smell of the turf of my Donegal home
Where there's always a welcome and a how-d'you-my-call
Forever my darling, my sweet Donegal
Forever my darling, my sweet Donegal

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  1. Agnes Lockwood

    Thank you. Do you have any idea when?

    Ffranc Rogowski

    I get the impression that the song was written in 1991, the year before the album's release.

    Agnes Lockwood

    @Ffranc Rogowski That sounds like the right time. Thank you very much.

    Ffranc Rogowski

    OK Agnes.

  2. Agnes Lockwood

    Can anyone tell me when and where this was recorded. I am aware of Ian's Donegal connections , Ballybofey and The Cross in particular, where his Mum's family had a home, and Ian often visited, but have only just come across this song.

    Ffranc Rogowski

    It seems that it was recorded at Shepherd's Bush, London.