Cliffs of Dooneen lyrics

by Christy Moore & Planxty

You may travel far far from your own native home
Far away o'er the mountains far away o'er the foam
But of all the fine places that I've ever seen,
There's none to compare with The Cliffs of Dooneen

Take a view o'er the mountains fine sights you'll see there
You'll see the high rocky mountains on the West coast of Clare
The towns of Kilkee and Kilrush can be seen
From the high rocky slopes of The Cliffs of Dooneen

Its a nice place to be on a fine Summer's day
Watching all the wild flowers that ne'er do decay
The hare and lofty pheasant are plain to be seen
Making homes for their young round The Cliffs of Dooneen

Fare thee well to Dooneen fare thee well for a while
And to all the fine people I'm leaving behind
To the streams and the meadows where late I have been
And the high rocky slopes of The Cliffs of Dooneen

[Instrumental]

You may travel far far from your own native home
Far away o'er the mountains far away o'er the foam
But of all the fine places that I've ever seen,
There's none to compare with The Cliffs of Dooneen

Song Details

The Cliffs Of Dooneen
The Cliffs Of Dooneen

Lyrics: Jack McAuliffe - circa 1930's.

Brief: The song was originally written as a poem by the author who was from Lixnaw, County Kerry. He went to visit his sister who lived near the cliffs around Dooneen Point near Beale, North Kerry in the south west of Ireland. The poem was put to music years later by a local musician.

Category: Irish Folk Song

Planxty: Irish Folk Band formed in 1972 originating from Kildare and Dublin. Their initial line-up consisted of Christy Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitars, bodhrán, keyboards), and Liam O'Flynn (uilleann pipes, tin whistle). Their line-up changed several times over the course of decades and the original 4 members re-united in October, 2003 with a final performance on Jan 31, 2005...more

Other Recording Artists/Albums: Nicola McGuire (But for Now), The Corrib Folk (Cliffs of Dooneen), John McDermott (When I Grow Too Old to Dream), Johnny McEvoy (The Best of Irish Ballads), Paddy Reilly (The Best Of Paddy Reilly), The Boys of the Isle (Golden Irish Songs, Vol. II).

Logo The Cliffs Of Dooneen by Christy Moore is featured on the album Live At The Point.

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