Mudcat Café message #2120113 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #103775   Message #2120113
Posted By: GUEST,Maireid Sullivan, Melbourne, Australia
06-Aug-07 - 12:31 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Bard of Armagh (Jim Brannigan)
Subject: mp3 of Tommy Makem's The Curlew Song
My small offering in tribute to the great Tommy Makem RIP
Please feel free to download and share my rendition of Tommy Makem's sad, yet beautifully poignant "The Curlew's Song".
(the spoken intro. is a short Yeats poem)


The Curlew's Song by Tommy Makem
and W.B. Yeats' poem, 'He Reproves the Curlew'

He Reproves the Curlew
By W.B. Yeats

Oh! Curlew! Cry no more in the air or only to the water in the west.
Because your crying brings to my mind passion dimmed eyes and long heavy hair,
that was shaken out over my breast. There is enough evil in the crying
of the wind.

The Curlew's Song
By Tommy Makem

I heard a Curlew singing low
On a moor where wild winds blew.
And the sound of his sad lonesome song
Made me feel lonesome too.

Cold winter came and the moorland froze
The winds blew loud and strong
I of'times have gone through the snow
And heard a Curlew song.

Soft sun-warmed days of summer came
Through green-leaved days of spring
I soon forgot that lonesome song
I heard the Curlew sing