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Isle of Innisfree lyrics

I've met some folks
Who say that I'm a dreamer
And I've no doubt
There's truth in what they say
But sure a body's bound to be a dreamer
When all the things he loves are far away

And precious things
Are dreams unto an exile
They take him o'er
The land across the sea
Especially when it happens he's an exile
From that dear lovely Isle of Inisfree

And when the moonlight
Peeps across the rooftops
Of this great city
Wondrous though it be
I scarcly feel its wonder or laughter
I'm once again back home in Inisfree

I wonder o'er green hills
Through dreamy valleys
And find a peace
No other land would know
I hear the birds make music fit for angels
And watch the rivers laughing
As they flow

And then into a humble shack I wander--
My dear old home--
And tenderly behold
The folks I love
Around the turf fire gathered
On bended knee
Their rosary is told

But dreams don't last
Though dreams are not forgotten
And soon I'm back
To stern reality
But though they pave
The footways here with gold dust
I still would choose
My Isle of Inisfree

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  • william 0 points

    I first heard the music to this song and love it so much,so much so I want to have played at my funeral but I can,t get a copy of it.can anybody help

  • william 0 points

    I first heard the music to this song and love it so much,so much so I want to have played at my funeral but I can,t get a copy of it.can anybody help

  • Marta Ballester 0 points

    I like a lot lyrics ireland songs, like Galway way, Isle of Innisfree,etc.,but the meaning of the songs it´s a bit difficult for me to all understand.
    I´m a Catalan woman. Do you know if these songs are translate in Spanish or French laguage? Thanks a lot.
    Marta B.

  • Ger 0 points


    In response to comment by Dale, the Isle of Innisfree is not quite a reference to the poem by William Butler Yeats, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree".

    The Isle of Innisfree, Dick Farrelly was writing about is Ireland. The following is an extract from the book 'Picture The Quiet Man' by Des McHale -

    "One piece of music however stands head and shoulders above all the others with which Ford chose to ornament his masterpiece, and that is Richard Farrelly's The Isle of Innisfree (spelled slightly differently from the village of Inisfree). The word "Innisfree" (= islead of heather) was clearly inspired by the famous poem by W.B.Yeats, 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' written in 1893; but while Yeats' Innisfree was mearly an uninhabited island in Sligo's Lough Gill, Farrelly's Innisfree represented all of Ireland as seen through the nostalgic eyes of an Irish emigrant. Both the music and lyrics of the song are perfectly in keeping with the theme of The Quiet Man and John Ford milked it for all it was worth."

    Also in a radio interview with broadcaster, Peter Murphy on RTE Radio, Dick Farrelly himself said it was the island of Ireland he was writing about. He said he used the word 'Innisfree' as another word for Ireland.

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  • aholinka 0 points

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  • Fred 0 points

    Sung in a tone of sentimentality and pride. I love the lyrics and melody. Thanks "Celtic Woman"!

  • William 0 points

    One of the most beautiful songs ever.I agree with James.He is spot on.

  • Dale 0 points

    In Line 3 of my comment please correcdt spelling of the artist's name to Carmel Quinn, not "Caarmel".

  • Dale 0 points

    Some notes on the recording history of "Isle of Innisfree": I have an old Columbia LP Record catalog from about 1956 or '57 that illustrates the cover of an album, CL 629 "Arthur Godfrey Presents Caarmel Quinn", in which Ms. Quinn sings "Isle of Innisfree".

    I was recently pleasantly surprised to hear Celtic Woman's rendition of the song. The song is, of course, a reference to the poem by William Butler Yeats, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree".

  • James 0 points

    I think the lyrics are about a man missing the land of his birth rather than a particular place,it is a haunting song and it gives a feeling of being homesick for anyone hearing it while away from home.

  • karen 0 points

    Such a haunting tune and lyrics. I love this song

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