Mandolin Mountain

Tony Small


I go up on Mandolin Mountain

High on Melody Hill

High sweet harmony

Water at the well


As my life is passing through me

I’m mostly satisfied

Old songs keep calling me

Calling through the night


It was written in The Book of Life

Way back down the road

Love is for the patient one

The honest and the good


All along the Valley of The Boyne

On to Tara Hill

I know that it always was

I know that it always will




I first met Tony Small in 1969. Over the years we hooked up regularly. Tony knew the inside of songs. Listening to Mandolin Mountain in 2012 we did not realise that it would be his last recording. Each time I sing this song I sense that Tony is close by.