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KERRY DANCE, THE (Aka O THE DAYS OF THE KERRY DANCING) (Words and Music by James Lyman Molloy - 1879) Ernestine Schumann-Heink - 1913 John McCormack - 1936 Julie Andrews - 1957 Ray Anthony & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1959 Lester Lanin Trio (Instr.) - 1960 John O'Neill with Gordon Franks Singers & Music - 1962 Percy Faith & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1963 Shirley Scott & Kenny Burrell - 1964 Also recorded by: Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights (vocal: The Heidtlites); Deborah Henson-Conant; Ithaca College Band; Eileen Farrell; Joyce Breach; Larry Adler; Thelonius Monk; Kenneth Walters; Art Tatum; Knuckles O'Toole ........ and others. Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing Oh, the ring of the piper's tune Oh, for one of those hours of gladness Gone, alas! like our youth, too soon When the boys began to gather In the glen of a summer night And the Kerry piper's tuning Made us long with wild delight Oh, to think of it, oh to dream of it Fills my heart with tears Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing Oh, the ring of the piper's tune Oh, for one of those hours of gladness Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon Was there ever a sweeter colleen In the dance than Eily Moore Or a prouder lad than Thady As he boldly took the floor "Lads and lasses to your places Up the middle and down again" Ah, the merry hearted laughter Ringing through the happy glen Oh, to think of it, oh to dream of it Fills my heart with tears Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing Oh, the ring of the piper's tune Oh, for one of those hours of gladness Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon Time goes on and the happy years are dead And one by one, the merry hearts have fled Silent now is the wild and lonely glen Where the bright glad laugh will echo ne'er again Only dreaming of days gone by Fills my heart with tears Loving voices of old companions Stealing out of the past once more And the sound of the dear old music Soft and sweet as in days of yore When the boys began to gather In the glen of a summer night And the Kerry piper's tuning Made us long with wild delight Oh, to think of it, oh to dream of it Fills my heart with tears Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing Oh, the ring of the piper's tune Oh, for one of those hours of gladness Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon (Contributed by Mel Priddle - September 2013)

    


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