Dublin Arms

The Dublin Minstrel Boy (Luke Kelly)

Written by Paddy Reilly

From Dublin streets and roads and down the years
Came great musicians and balladeers
There was a special one, a red haired minstrel boy
And when he passed away, a city mourned its favorite son

All round the markets and down the quays
The sad news it spread to the Liberties
The minstrel boy is gone, he'll sing no more
And Luke somehow we know, we'll never see your likes again

He liked to laugh and sing he loved a jar
And his songs rang out in many city bars
I walk by the old canal near which he used to live
Down Raglan Road I'm sad, as he'd so much left to give


Now the show is over, the curtain's down
A flame no longer burns in Dublin Town
While the Liffey flows beneath the Ha'penny Bridge
You'll be remembered Luke for all your songs and all you did


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