"Eve of Patrick's Feast" - Original by Ivory Williams (traditional Irish version)





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Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011

Hey everyone! Wanted to post a video for St. Patrick's day. I just wrote this song today because I was inspired to give a well deserved tribute to the great man who gave so much to Ireland. We don't thank him enough for the wealth he's given to our people and I'm pretty sure he deserves a bit more respect than a hangover in the morning :/... Hope you enjoy! I'm singing in traditional Irish ornamtation for those who aren't familliar with trad and the way I wrote the song is also composed in an old-irish sort of style lilt. Happy St. Patrick's day!!! :)


There was an old man on the shore, on the shore he roamed
He wept oh so bitterly, he wept for his home
Crying, "I miss my lovely family, oh once how they loved me"
Old man, I pray what grieves thee on this eve of Patrick's feast

He said I labored for them, I loved them without shame
I labored for my country and I left them with my name
But now they and mock and drink to he who is deceased
Oh that surely grieves me on this eve of Patrick's feast

Both my sons and my daughters have put me to shame
They used to pay me prayers, now they only pay me blame
They've forgotten my Father, worldly wealth has made them falter
Oh will ye be my helper on this eve of Patrick's Feast?

Pray what then can I do sir, to relieve thee thy pain
What then can I do to have them love you once again
It's not I that they need to love, but my father above
It is He they need to love again on the this eve of Patrick's feast

Tell them that it grieves me most when they cover me with green
And save my shamrock only for to decorate what's seen
By this they throw away my wealth, and fortune to be
For they don't see its true value on this eve of Patrick's feast

Please tell unto me your name, sweet old man I pray thee
Tell me your sweet name for to save my memory
It is I old st. Patrick, it is I who is sits to weep
Longing for my people to come back on this eve of my feast

© M.E. Williams 2011

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