The Kerry Dance lyrics

by Julie Andrews

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 More
Or a prouder lad than Thady
As he boldly took the floor.

Lads and lasses to your places
Up the middle and down again
And 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 are 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 in my heart I hear.

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!

Song Details

The Kerry Dance
The Kerry Dance

Words & Music: J.L. Molloy (1837–1909) -  Irish composer, poet, and author

Brief: The song is reminiscent of younger days and the happiness and joy that dancing brought to the lives of so many.

References:
Kerry - County Kerry is a county in Ireland in the South-West Region in the province of Munster.
Kerry dancing - the type of dancing performed there.

Category: Irish Folk Song

Other Recording Artists: John McCormack, The Shamrock Singers, Jeanette MacDonald, The Shannon Singers, Marika, Jamie O'Reilly...


Julie Andrews

Born: Julia Elizabeth Wells on the 1st October, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

Occupation: Actress, singer, author, theatre director, dancer

Active Years:
On Stage:1945 - present
On Screen: 1949 - present

Please Note: In this version, Julie Andrews uses the title 'O The Days Of The Kerry Dancing' which is the first line of each Chorus.

Logo O the Days of the Kerry Dancing by Julie Andrews is featured on the album The Lass With the Delicate Air

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