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Nancy Spain

(Words and music Barney Rush, Mild Music. Fiddle part arranged and adapted by Jonathan Moorman.)

[Song Brook]

I've been singing this song for many years, starting my evening set with it on many occasions. Just seemed it was about time to record it. It has been one of the best loved songs in Ireland since the 70's.

Of all the stars that ever shone
Not one does twinkle like your pale blue eyes
Like golden corn at harvest time your hair
Sailing in my boat the wind
Gently blows and fills my sail
Your sweet scented breath is everywhere

Daylight peeping through the curtain
Of the passing night-time is your smile
The sun in the sky is like your laugh
Come back to me my Nancy
Linger for just a little while
Since you left these shores
I've known no peace nor joy

No matter where I wander
I'm still haunted by your name
The portrait of your beauty stays the same
Standing by the ocean wondering where you've gone
If you'll return again
Where is the ring I gave to Nancy Spain

On a day in Spring-time
When snows start to melt, streams to flow
With the birds I'll sing a song
And in a while I'll wander
Down by Bluebell grove where wild flowers grow
And I will hope lovely Nancy will return