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A Stór Mo Chroí

[ Roud 3076 ; Ballad Index RcAStMC ; trad.]

The “Waterdaughters” Lal and Norma Waterson sang A Stór Mo Chroí live at the Leicester Tradition Folk Club on October 17, 1988. This recording was included in 2004 on the Watersons' 4 CD anthology Mighty River of Song.

Lyrics

A stór mo chroí, when you're far away
From the home you will soon be leaving,
There's many a time by night and by day
When your heart will be sorely grieving.
The stranger's land may be bright and fair,
And rich with its treasures golden.
But you'll pine, I know, for the long, long ago
And the love that is never olden.

A stór mo chroí, in the stranger's land
There is plenty of wealth and wailing.
Where gems adorn both the great and the grand
There are faces with hunger paling.
The roads may be tiresome and hard to tread
And the lights of the city may blind you.
Oh turn, a stór, to your old native shore
And the one you have left behind you.

A stór mo chroí, when the evening's mist
Over mountain and sea is falling,
Just turn around, I am in your list
And maybe you'll hear me calling.
For the sound of a voice that you will surely miss
Is somebody's speedy returning.
Aroon, aroon, oh, come back soon
To the one who will always love you.

Acknowledgements

Transcribed from the singing of Lal and Norma Waterson based on the lyrics found on the Digital Tradition.