From Clare To Here lyrics

by Ralph McTell

There's four who share this room and we work hard for the craic
And sleeping late on Sundays I never get to Mass

It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long, long way, it grows further by the day
It's a long way from Clare to here

When Friday comes around Terry's only into fighting
Me ma would like a letter home but I'm too tired for writing

It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long, long way, it grows further by the day
It's a long way from Clare to here

It almost breaks my heart when I think of Josephine
I told her I'd be coming home with my pockets full of green

It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long, long way, it grows further by the day
It's a long way from Clare to here

The only time I feel alright is when I'm into drinking
It sort of eases the pain of it and levels out my thinking

Oh it's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long, long way, and it grows further by the day
It's a long way from Clare to here

I sometimes hear a fiddle play or maybe it's a notion
I dream I see white horses dance upon that other ocean

It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long way from Clare to here
It's a long, long way, it gets further by the day
It's a long way from Clare to here

It's a long, long way from Clare to here.

Song Details

Doolin, County Clare
Bureen, County Clare

Music & Lyrics: Ralph McTell

Brief: A song about a young man who leaves his home, family and sweetheart in County Clare, to travel abroad to work. As each day passes he becomes more and more home-sick and finds that drinking helps to ease the longing and 'level out his thinking'.

Category: Folk Song / Irish emigration.

References:
Clare - mid-west of Ireland in the Province of Munster, north-west of the River Shannon
craic - fun and enjoyment

Please Note: Although this is not an Irish Folk Song, it has been included as it is very popular with Irish Folk and has been recorded by many Irish artists due to the content relating to Irish emigration.

Other Celtic Artists: The Fureys, Paddy Reilly, Noel Mcloughlin, The Jolly Beggarmen, Paul Byrom (Celtic Thunder), Na Fianna, Jim McCann, Phil Coulter, Brier, Deirdre Starr...

Logo The song is featured on the album From Clare To Here: The Songs Of Ralph McTell (May 21, 1996).

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