Irish Town (Jon Corelis)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-06)  CPDL #24374:       
Editor: Jon Corelis (submitted 2011-09-06).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Irish Town
Composer: Jon Corelis
Lyricist: Jon Corelis

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: SAT
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Harp

First published: 2011
Description: Written with high tenor male voice in mind, though in this sound file, synth female la-la voice used to simulate vocal, and it could also be sung by female voice. The accompaniment is a suggestion; piano or other instruments could also be used, or the song could be sung a cappella. Lyrics below.

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Original text and translations

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I will go down to Irish Town,
where the old grey tower still holds
a barren watch for the shrouded ships
in the sea-wind's showery folds.

The florid men of the marbled heights
throw pennies at your pain;
in Irish Town they'll give you wine
as sweet as summer rain.

The haughty dames of Parson's Hill
have learned their love at school;
they feed their gallants perfumed cakes
and break hearts by the rule,

but the women down in Irish Town
were born with hearts that know
too desperately what wanting means
to think that love's a show.

So I will go down to Irish Town
where the river meets the sea,
and look for a little lasting love
in the grim grey tower's lee.