Oh, Mary, this London's a wonderful sight
With people here working by day and by night
They don't sow potatoes nor barley nor wheat
But there's gangs of them diggin'
For gold in the street
At least when I asked them
That's what I was told so I just took a hand
At this diggin' for gold
But for all that I've found there
I might as well be
In the place where the dark Mourne
Sweeps down to the sea

I believe that when writin'
A wish you expressed
As to how the fine ladies
In London were dressed
Well if you'll believe me
When asked to a ball
They don't wear no tops to
Their dresses at all
Oh, I've seen them myself and
You could not in truth
Tell it if they were bound for
A ball or a bath
Don't be startin' them fashions now
Mary McRee
In the place where the dark Mourne
Sweeps down to the sea

There's beautiful girls here, oh
Never you mind
Beautiful shapes Nature never designed
Lovely complexions of roses and cream
But let me remark with regard to the same
That if at those roses you venture to sip
The colors might all come away on your lip
So I'll wait for the wild
Rose that's waitin' for me
In the place where the dark Mourne
Sweeps down to the sea

You remember young Diddy McClaren, of course
Well he's over here with the
Rest of the force
I saw him one day as he stood on the Strand
Stopped all the traffic with a
Wave of his hand
And as we were talking of days that are gone
The whole town of London stood
There to look on
But for all his great powers
He's wishful like me
To be back where the dark Mourne
Sweeps down to the sea

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Mountains O'Mourne Lyrics as written by Colin Meloy

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    General Comment
    When McLean did this song on an Irish TV talk show in the 1970s he had the whole country talking - a much loved folk song that was actually given mew life. BTW - it is Mary "Mochree" - Gaelic Mo Chroi - meaning my heart (love).
    vasnmoGoon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment
    Thanks, vasn, for your informative comment and for the spelling correction. I've fixed it now.
    Novartzaon September 14, 2006   Link

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