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Thread #14503   Message #2473205
Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Oct-08 - 06:48 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Grandmother's Eyes (Martin Furey)
Subject: ADD: Grandmother's Eyes (Martin Furey)
OK, so I'm guessing this is the song by Martin Furey. Much of it is hard to understand, but here's what I came up with:

MY GRANDMOTHER'S EYES
(Martin Furey)

My grandmother called, wearing rosary beads, in a black, braided shawl that she wears;
My brother and sister are leaving today it's an American wake affair.
She stands by my side, she smiles at her ease, keeping my sister calm;
And in one last embrace, my brother she presses, a silver coin in his palm.

[next part is very rapid and almost unintelligible]
---said she couldn't be, said she couldn't talk, said she couldn't see,
She couldn't walk, she couldn't talk, she couldn't talk to me;
No more down, down upon her knees
She is praying to the God that she believes will help them on their way,
They are leavin'.
They are gone, they are gone, they are gone, they are gone, they are going
To England
To Australia
To Canada
To America

My grandmother's eyes have seen eighty-two years, she's seen all this before.
My grandmother's skin is all wrinkled and old, for she stood so many times outside this door.
She saw her father leave,
She saw her brothers leave,
She saw her lovers leave,
Her daughters, her children, and now she sees me.
I am gone, I am gone, I am gone, I am gone, I am going
To England
To Australia
To Canada
To America
To America

[next part is very rapid and almost unintelligible]
---said she couldn't be, said she couldn't talk, said she couldn't see,
She couldn't walk, she couldn't talk, she couldn't talk to me;
No more down, down upon her knees
She is praying to the God that she believes will help them on their way,
To England
To Australia
To Canada
To America
To England
To Australia
To Canada
To America

My grandmother called, wearing rosary beads, in a black, braided shawl that she wears.




Transcribed by ear from the Rock Salt & Nails CD, More & More


First Question: Is this the Martin Furey song, or did I go to all this work to transcribe the wrong song?

-Joe-