Luke Kelly

Mick O’Keeffe

The years have passed the time has flown since I first saw you there
With feet apart to the music moved your head of curly hair
The spotlight shone in colours bright reflecting on your face
The music notes soared sweet and clear, the spirit of your race

Your songs told tales of peace and joy, of sorrow and of love
The power and passion of your voice soared heavenly above
And from the inner soul there came emotion in each song
You stirred the hearts of many, Luke, when you sang of right and wrong

The humour of those laughing eyes was shared in full with all
You sang songs that filled the hearts that filled the music hall
The ecstasy and joy was felt in chorus clap and cheer
When that son of Éireann took the stage, the King of Balladeers

I saw you sing a hundred times, a thousand songs or more
I still can clearly hear your voice though your time with us is o’er
Fond memories are all we have when we think of you today
Your name we’ll always honour, Luke, we’re glad you passed this way.