"Aisling" as written by and Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan....
See the moon is once more rising
Above our our land of black and green
Hear the rebels voice is calling
"I shall not die, though you bury me!"
Hear the Aunt in bed a-dying
"Where is my Johnny?"
Faded pictures in the hallway
Which one of these brown ghosts is he?

Fare thee well my black haired diamond
Fare the well my own Aisling
Thoughts of and dreams of you will haunt me
'Till I come back home again

And the wind it blows
To the North and South
And blows to the East and West
I'll be just like that wind my love
For I will have no rest
'Til I return to thee

Bless the wind that shakes the barley
Curse the spade and curse the plough
Waking in the morning early
I wish to Hell I was with you now
One, two, three, four telephone poles
Give me a drink of poitin
Madness from the mountains crawling
When I first met you my own Aisling

Fare thee well my black haired diamond
Fare the well my own Aisling
Thoughts of and dreams of you will haunt me
'Till I come back home again

Fare thee well my black haired diamond
Fare the well my own Aisling
Thoughts of and dreams of you will haunt me
'Till I come back home again


Lyrics submitted by NellieWhiskey

"Aisling" as written by Christy Moore Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan

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    General CommentBeautiful song that proves Shane to be an outstanding poet. Aisling is a womans adopted from Gaelic as part of the Irish revival, and its actual meaning is "Dream". So, it does not have to be a woman that he left behind - might as well be a vision. The telephone poles mentioned could be as to measure distance or to imply that the narrator has left his home for work; hence, reality forces the narrator away and to leave his dreams (dreamt in the confidence of youth) behind. Those were my two pennies.
    UncleJoeon March 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment* ...a womans name adopted
    UncleJoeon March 08, 2009   Link

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