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Al O'Donnell - Matt Hyland

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Uploaded on Oct 26, 2009

'Matt Hyland', performed by Al O'Donnell, from the album 'Al O'Donnell' released in 1972.

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Lyrics:

There was a lord, lived in this town,
Who had a lovely handsome daughter,
She was courted by a fair young man,
Who was the servant to her father,
But when her parents came to know,
They swore they'd send him from the island,
The maid she knew her heart would break,
Had she to part with young Matt Hyland,

Straight way unto her love she goes,
Into his room him to awaken,
Saying "arise my love and go away,
This very night you will be taken,
I overheard my father say,
In spite of me he would transport you,
So arise my love and go away,
You know right well I do adore you",

"Oh, must I go", he said to her,
"Oh, must I go without my wages,
Without a penny in my purse,
Just like some poor forlorn stranger?",
"Here's fifty guineas in bright gold,
And that's far more than father owes you,
So take it now, and go away,
I wish to God I'd gone before you",

They both sat down upon the bed,
Just for the side of one half hour,
And not a word did either speak,
But down their cheeks the tears did shower,
She laid her head upon his breast,
As round his neck her arms entwined them,
"Not a duke nor lord nor an earl I'll wed,
I'll wait for you my own Matt Hyland",

The lord discoursed with his daughter fair,
One night alone in her bedchamber,
Saying "I'll give you leave to bring him back,
Since there's no one you style above him",
She wrote a letter then in haste,
For him her heart was still repining,
She's brought him back, to the church they went,
And made a lord of young Matt Hyland.

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All credit goes to Al O'Donnell. I only put the music and images together for promotion, so Youtube can enjoy this great artist.

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