Lyrics

Ballad Of Michael Gaughan

Seamus Robinson
Take me home to Mayo
Back across the sea
Take me home to Mayo
Where once I ran so free.
Take me home to Mayo
And let my body lie
Home in Mayo
Beneath the western sky.

My name is Michael Gaughan
From Ballina I came.
I saw my people suffering
I swore to break the chains.
I took the boat to England
Prepared to fight or die
Far away from Mayo
Beneath the western sky.

My body cold and hungry
In Parkhurst jail I lie.
In my fight for freedom
On hunger strike I’ll die.
I have one last request to make
I hope you won’t deny:
Take my body home to Mayo
Beneath the western sky.

Take me home to Mayo
Back across the sea.
Take me home to Mayo
Where once I ran so free.
Take me home to Mayo
And let my body lie
Home again in Mayo
Beneath the western sky.
Orginal Version:

Chorus
Take me home to Mayo, across the Irish Sea;
Home to dear old Mayo, where once I roamed so free.
Take me home to Mayo, there let my body lie;
Home at last in Mayo, beneath an Irish sky.

My name is Michael Gaughan, from Ballina I came;
I saw my people suffering and swore to break their chain –
I raised the flag in England, prepared to fight or die –
Far away from Mayo, beneath an Irish sky.

Chorus

My body cold and hungry, in Parkhurst Gaol I lie;
For loving of my country, on hunger strike I die –
I have just one last longing, I pray you’ll not deny –
Bury me in Mayo, beneath an Irish sky.

Repeat chorus twice