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The Lakes of Sligo - Jack Healy (Coleman Archives)
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This charming song makes a great polka! It's one of Dave Coplin's favorites, so if you're in a session with him be sure to play it.

 

X: 1

T: The Lakes of Sligo 

R: polka

M: 2/4

K: D

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The Lakes of Sligo

 

Fair Sligo thee I now must leave,

To part thy beauty I do grieve,

But not forever, I believe,

I'll call again to Sligo.

 

Chorus:

To Holy Well I bid adieu,

To Hazelwood and Cairns too,

And Toberknock that splendid view,

Which adorns the lakes of Sligo.

 

And fair Lough Gill with its isle so grand,

Where we often wandered hand in hand,

On a summer's evening by the strand,

Along the lakes of Sligo. CHORUS

 

And on that lake we often spent,

Many an hour and quite content,

And from our boat sweet music went,

Around the lakes of Sligo. 

 

Fair Sligo thee I now must leave,

To part thy beauty I do grieve,

But not forever, I believe,

I'll call again to Sligo. 

 

And then I think of Knocknarea,

With its bonny cliffs hanging o'er the sea,

It still reminds me of the day,

I left my home in Sligo.