The Lonely House (An Teach Folamh)
Air: Ar Éireann ní neosfainn cé hí
Author: D. Barron
Singer: Tony Malone

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Title

The Lonely House (An Teach Folamh)
Air: Ar Éireann ní neosfainn cé hí
Author: D. Barron
Singer: Tony Malone

Subject

All across the country are empty, derelict houses that once were vibrant centres of family life. What stories might those old ruins tell, if they could speak!

Source

Lyrics:

I once was a house, more a home,
Where my families felt safe and secure;
Now they’re scattered all over the globe
And I’m left here lone, broken and poor.

My roof that once sheltered them all
Now lies broken and bare to the sky;
No rafter or thatch now at all,
Thorn and ivy grow chimney stack high.

My walls once were sturdy and strong,
Now they’re crumbling, like old broken bones;
One time whistling the family song,
Now the wínd whines, so lonely: sorrow!

My windows are shattered and gone,
Poor, blind, sightless eyes to the sky;
Long ago they glistened and shone
Like my childrens’ bright eyes inside.

My hearth now lies empty and cold
Where once my fire glowed so bright;
My chimney where once warm smoke flowed,
Now a tombstone for times long gone by.

Yes, I once was a home, a warm place
Where my families enjoyed happy days;
Now they’ve parted and gone their own ways
And I’m cold here, a lonely old place.

Publisher

From Carlow Streams

Language

English

Files

Citation

“The Lonely House (An Teach Folamh) Air: Ar Éireann ní neosfainn cé hí Author: D. Barron Singer: Tony Malone,” From Carlow Streams, accessed May 17, 2021, https://fromcarlowstreams.ie/items/show/12.