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Jimmy MacCarthy: The Mad Lady and Me + lyrics

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Uploaded on Mar 17, 2010

Jimmy MacCarthy: The Mad Lady and Me from The Song of the Singing Horseman, 1991. Also recorded by Christy Moore and Sinead O'Connor. This is the original.

Among the walls and ruins
of the horrid civic stone
I walk without a lover
for my older bones
The sun was strong in going down
It was a dreamlike day
'twas there I met the trinity
And there I heard them say:

Bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Fare thee well ye Shandon bells
Ring on, ring on

She leaned and leaned much closer
And she hugged them all goodbye
Her mother cried "don't go my love"
We all must bye and bye
A drunken tongue said "leave her off,
she'll drive us all crazy"
She turned around and saw my face
and both of us was she

And we sang bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Farethee well ye Shandon bells
ring on, ring on

Up on to the limestone wall
And down the ladderl steps
She threw herself into the stream
with a splash of no regrets
Sidestroke swimming midstream
Throwing kisses to the crowd
And everything was silent
And the sky had not one cloud

But for bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Fare thee well ye Shandon bells
ring on, ring on

We were swimming out on the sunset,
we were swimming out to sea,
Swimming down past the Opera House
The Mad Lady and me

And we sang bye bye Mama
Bye brother John
Fare thee well ye Shandon bells
ring on, ring on

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