Homes Of Donegal

Seán McBride

I’ve just called in to see you all
I’ll only stay a while
I want to see how you’re getting on
I want to see you smile
I’m happy to be back again
I greet you big and small
For there’s no place else on earth
Just like the homes of Donegal

I always see the happy faces
Smiling at the door
The kettle swinging on the crook
As I step up the floor
And soon the taypot’s fillin’ up me cup
That’s far from small
For your hearts are like your mountains
In the homes of Donegal

To see your homes at parting day
Of that I never tire
And hear the porridge bubblin’
In a big pot on the fire
The lamp alight, the dresser bright
The big clock on the wall
O, a sight serene, celestial scene
In the homes of Donegal

I long to sit along with you
And while away the night
With tales of yore and fairy lore
Beside your fires so bright
And then to see prepared for me
A shake-down by the wall
There’s repose for weary wanderers
In the homes of Donegal

Outside the night winds shriek and howl
Inside there’s peace and calm
A picture on the wall up there
Our saviour with a lamp
The hope of wandering sheep like me
And all who rise and fall
There’s a touch of heavenly love
Around the homes of Donegal

A tramp I am and a tramp I’ve been
A tramp I’ll always he
Me father tramped, me mother tramped
Sure trampin’s bred in me
If some there are my ways disdain
And won’t have me at all
Sure I’ll always find a welcome
In the homes of Donegal

The time has come and I must go
I bid you all adieu
The open highway calls me forth
To do the things I do
And when I’m trampin’ far away
I’ll hear your voices call
And please God I’ll soon return
Unto the homes of Donegal