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Thread #20475   Message #213146
Posted By: Peter T.
17-Apr-00 - 12:26 PM
Thread Name: Help!Irish:Flower of Baile-anagurr?
Subject: Help!Irish:Flower of Baile-anagurr?
Can anyone shed some light on this song? Stewie generously sent me a fabulous tape of Al O'Donnell songs some months ago, and I have become hooked like an addict on this utterly beautiful song. It needs some cleaning up -- name of town, is the phrase "coolin jas machree" remotely anything, and what does the phrase about the copse (?) mean. Any other info would of course be gratefully appreciated.

Oh say did you see her
by the gloaming or the sunrise
as she stepped like a fawn in Bailanagurr --
or sang far sweeter than the lark or thrush at eventide.
Red ripened her cheek is,
Like the berry upon a tree
and her neck more graceful than the swan is,
her lips like petals from the red rose smile on me.
When she was a little girl,
and I a tender child I loved her,
But her parents' money placed between us
So farewell my coolin jas machree (?)
Fair Flower of Bailenagurr (?)
Wait for me forever,
By the place where we lay alone,
Through the night where the elfinstone winds whistle
and the old ash tremble in the dark with fearful moan.
I will come to my coolin'
Ere the life of my copse shall wander (?)
and will hold as I did when in my childhood
my little jewelled flower of Bailanagurr. (?)