Seal of Dundalk

The Woods of County Louth

Written by Larry Magnier and Hugh McKitteric
Recorded by Dermot O'Brien  (Release Records 1977)

Though I've travelled all over by car and bus and train, and sometimes even by horse and cart, ah-ha,
Of the thirty-two counties of Ireland there is one which has a special place in my heart, ah-ha,
Where the people are kind and the weather is mild,
And the flowers in the spring in the fields grow wild,
And it brings back thoughts of me as a child,
Though I've been North, West and South.
Where the sea is blue and the mountains too
And the Dee river sparkles with a silvery hue
And the trees grow green in the woods of County Louth, ah-ha.

II

I can still remember the days I spent on the mountains looking down on beautiful Carlingford Bay, ah-ha,
And the happy times spent on the banks of the Boyne, lazily fishing for salmon in the middle of May, ah-ha.
And I still have happy thoughts of my days in Dundalk,
And of sunny Sunday evenings on the beach at Blackrock;
To arrive in Clogherhead around eleven o'clock
Just in time to see the fishing boats go out.
By tradition we are told in Ardee Cuchulainn bold
Fought his friend Ferdia in the days of old
While the trees were growing green in the woods of County Louth, ah-ha.

III

Come tomorrow I'm thinking of catching that northbound train and travelling back, as once I vowed, ah-ha.
And the Drogheda bridge will carry me home to the fields and the streams and the trees of County Louth, ah-ha.
Where the people are kind and the weather is mild,
And the flowers in the spring in the fields grow wild,
And it brings back thoughts of me as a child,
Though I've been North, West and South.
Where the sea is blue and the mountains too
And the Dee river sparkles with a silvery hue
And the trees grow green in the woods of County Louth, ah-ha.

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