Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff, song

James McEleney, singing in English
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Lyrics

Oh the garden of Eden has vanished they say
I know the lie of it still
Just turn to the left at the bridge of Finea
And stop when halfway to Cootehill
It’s there you’ll find it I know sure enough
When fortune has answered my call
Oh the grass it grows green round Ballyjamesduff
And the blue sky it hangs over all.

My mother once told me the day I was born
The day that I first saw that light
Sure I looked down the street that very first morn
And I gave a great crow of delight
Most newborn babies appear in a huff
And start with a sorrowful squall
But I knew I was born in Ballyjamesduff
And that’s why I smiled on them all.

That baby’s a man now he’s toilworn and tough
Still whispers come over the sea
Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff
Oh come home Paddy Reilly to me.

I remember the night I took I took long Magee by the scruff
For slandering Rosie Kilraine
Sure they marched him straight out of Ballyjamesduff
And assisted him into a drain
Through then my dreams as my dúidín I puff
Of whispers from over the sea
Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff
Oh come home Paddy Reilly to me.

The seas may be stormy the waves may be rough
There’s one thing I’ll always maintain
There’s no place in Ireland like Ballyjamesduff
And there’s no girl like Rosie Kilraine.