The Old Man lyrics

by Finbar Furey

The tears have all been shed now
We've said our last goodbyes
His soul's been blessed
And he's laid to rest
It's now I feel alone
He was more than just a father
A teacher my best friend
He can still be heard
In the tunes we shared
When I play them on my own

As a boy he'd take me walking
By mountain field and stream
He'd show me things
Not known to kings
Still secret between him and me
Like the colors of the pheasant
As he rises in the dawn
And how to fish and make a wish
Beside a Holly Tree

Chorus:
No I never will forget him
He made me "what I am"
And he may be gone
Memories linger on (and on)
And I miss him... the old man

I thought he'd live forever
He seemed so big and strong
The minutes fly
And the years roll by
For a father and a son
And suddenly when it happened
There was so much left unsaid
No second chance
To tell him thanks
For everything he's done

Chorus:
No I never will forget him
He made me "what I am"
He may be gone
Memories linger on (and on)
And I miss him... the old man

Father... I sing this song for you (repeat)

Song Details

Finbar Furey
Finbar Furey

Music & Lyrics: Phil Coulter - Irish songwriter, musician and film producer

Brief: A song about a man who has lost his father and reminisces sadly and fondly of days gone by... and misses him desperately.

Category: Irish Folk Song

Finbar Furey: Born in Dublin, Ireland on September 28, 1946. A multi-talented folk singer and musician, he is best known for his time spent with his brothers in the band, The Fureys. Other associations include Davey Arthur and the Clancy Brothers. He plays a range of instruments incuding guitar, banjo and the Uilleann Pipes. His son Martin Furey has followed in his father's footsteps and is currently performing with the Irish Folk Band, The High Kings.

Other Recording Artists with Celtic Origins: John McDermott, Celtic Thunder, The Fureys...

Logo The Old Man by Finbar Furey is featured on the album Colours (released 6th March, 2012).

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