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Janet Dowd: Music

Sky Road

(Janet Dowd)
February 1, 2010
J McCarthy

A beautiful song by Jimmy McCarthy about emigration.  There's a beautiful place in Clifden, Co.Galway called Sky Road and I wondered if the song was about that area. If any of you out there can shed some light on the matter, I'd be very grateful. Fantastic piano arrangement by Brendan Goff, I'm sure you'll agree.

J x

SKY ROAD

Danny’s made his mind up, he’s leaving for America

He’s leaving for America, leaving all of us behind

He says there’s nothing here not drenched in beer,  and blood and retribution

And the wealth of distribution’s been weighing heavy on his mind

CHORUS

And he knows that he’ll regret the leaving

Knows that he will pine for grieving

For the Sky Road by the singing sea

And all of us behind

 

Danny looks so lovely, working in the fields

Or dancing like a wild one, sparks flying round his heels

But his friends all gone before him, from the sacred ground that bore them

Now they wonder does she scorn them for giving up the land

 

And they know that they’ll regret the leaving,  know that they will pine for grieving

For the Sky Road by the singing sea,  and all of us behind

And I wonder does he know I love him,  all below and none above him

As I sit here by the singing sea,  alone and left behind

 

Danny’s made his mind up, he’s leaving for America

He’s leaving for America, leaving all of us behind

 

And I wonder does he know I love him,  all below and none above him

As I sit here by the singing sea,  alone and left behind

Yes I wonder does he know I love him,  all below and none above him

As I sit here by the singing sea,  alone and left behind

Danny’s made his mind up....................