Isle Of Innisfree lyrics

by Orla Fallon

I've met some folks who say I am a dreamer
And I've no doubt there's truth in what they say
But sure a body's bound to be a dreamer
When all the things he loves are far away

And precious things are dreams unto an exile
They take him o'er the land across the sea
Especially when it happens he's an exile
From that dear lovely Isle of Innisfree

And when the moonlight peeps across the roof tops
Of this great city wondrous tho' it be
I scarcely feel its wonder or its laughter
I'm once again back home in Innisfree

I wander o'er green hills through dreamy valleys
And find a peace no other land would know
I hear the birds make music fit for angels
And watch the rivers laughing as they flow

And then into a humble shack I wander
My dear old home and tenderly behold
The folks I love around the turf fire gathered
On bended knees their Rosary is told

But dreams don't last though dreams are not forgotten
And soon I'm back to stern reality
But though they pave the footpaths here with gold dust
I still would choose my Isle of Innisfree

Song Details

Isle Of Innisfree
Inishfree: two small islands
off the coast of County Donegal
in the north of Ireland

Writer: Dick Farrelly - composer, poet, and policeman

Brief: Farrelly wrote the song while on a bus trip to Dublin, from Kells in County Meath where he lived. The song is about an Irish emigrant who expresses his love and longing for his native land - Ireland.

The song was first published in 1950. It has been used as a principal theme to the movie 'The Quiet Man', and has been used in the soundtracks of several other films including, Distant Voice (1988), Still Lives (1988), and Breakfast On Pluto (2005)... more

Featured Artist: This beautiful rendition of the song is performed by singer/harpist, Orla Fallon - formerly from Celtic Woman.

Category: Irish Folk Song / Places

Covers: Bing Crosby, The Dublin City Ramblers, Maureen Hegarty, Daniel O'Donnell, Tommy Fleming, Charlie Landsbouroug.

Album: My Land (March 1, 2011).

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