Lament for the Curlew
Author: Dave Barron
Air: The Star of the County Down (slow version)
The song laments the extermination of nature, symbolised by the Curlew, by the actions of mankind.

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Lament for the Curlew
Author: Dave Barron
Air: The Star of the County Down (slow version)
The song laments the extermination of nature, symbolised by the Curlew, by the actions of mankind.

Subject

LAMENT FOR THE CURLEW

I hear no more the haunting cry
Of the curlew’s lonesome call
In the darkness of the night time sky
Somewhere above my hall.

CHORUS
She’s fallen victim, with her kind,
To mankind’s greed for MORE.
When all is gone, it’s then we’ll find
ENOUGH is more than MORE.

Where once she called out to her mate,
In bogs by Barrow’s shore,
The empty sky is now her fate;
The bogs are there no more.

CHORUS

The bogs she shared with cock and teal
Are drained to make more crops;
Now there's only one great field:
No cover, gorse, or copse.

CHORUS

The mountain marsh where once she roamed
With woodcock, snipe and hare
Now grows only Pine tree groves.
Dry ground beneath is bare.

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We've taken much of Flora now
From Nature's treasure trove:
The Fauna soon will follow now,
Then we'll be next to go.

CHORUS
We've fallen victim with our kind
To our kind's greed for more;
When all is gone it's then we'll find
ENOUGH is MORE than MORE.

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“Lament for the Curlew Author: Dave Barron Air: The Star of the County Down (slow version) The song laments the extermination of nature, symbolised by the Curlew, by the actions of mankind.,” From Carlow Streams, accessed November 30, 2022, http://fromcarlowstreams.ie/items/show/271.