Irish Lullaby

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Over in Killarney
Many years ago,
Me Mither (My Mother) sang a song to me
In tones so sweet and low.
Just a simple little ditty,
In her good 'ould' (old) Irish way,
And I'd give the world if she could sing
That song to me this day.

"Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don't you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that's an Irish lullaby."

Oft in dreams I wander
To that cot again,
I feel her arms a-huggin' me
As when she held me then.
And I hear her voice a-hummin'
To me as in days of yore,
When she used to rock me fast asleep
Outside the cabin door.

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
Hush, now don't you cry!

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
That's an Irish lullaby.

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Actually titled 'Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral', it is a classic Irish song that was written by James Royce Shannon in 1914. While he wrote the music and lyrics, it is believed that he might have based it on a much older melody. It premiered in a production of Chauncey Olcott's Shameen Dhu (Black-haired Jimmy).

The song was popularized by Bing Crosby when he sang it on his 1944 album Going My Way. The chorus was used in the song Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners in 1982. Portions of the song have been used in many other movies and music, in one way or another.

There is actually a second verse that goes: Oft in dreams I wander to that cot again. I feel her arms a-hugging me as when she held me then. And I hear her voice a humming to me as in days of yore, when she used to rock me fast asleep outside that cabin door.

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Topher, Iran, Islamic Republic of

18 July 2016 at 1:51am

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Tina, Ireland

25 March 2013 at 2:17pm

Go Bussongs! I love this song!

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Kate, Ireland

20 October 2012 at 10:29am

I`m from Ireland and I never ever heard this song! But now I nearly know all of it.Thank you Bussongs.com, you make song easy to learn:)

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Shobana, United Kingdom

2 May 2012 at 6:52pm

I remember when I lived back in Dublin, Ireland, my grandmother would sing this song to me. Her beautiful, Irish-accented voice soothed my nerves. But that was years ago...now, I sing this song to my younger sister and brother, Regan and Reilly. They love it when I do. Each night, they curl up next to me on my bed on either side of me. I hold them close and sing this beautiful lullaby to them. I will do the same with my children when I have them.

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Jennifer, United States

1 April 2011 at 5:14am

I sing this song to my 3 year old... Have done so since the first time I held her in my arms.. My mom to me, my grandma to my mom, my great grandma to my grandma, and my gg grandma to my g grandma. Before that we hailed from Ireland. I loVe this sOng so much, and my daughter always gets a choice, "the cherry song or the Irish song" Tora Lora is always first.

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Allana, United States

7 March 2011 at 8:11am

I remember when I lived back in Dublin, Ireland, my grandmother would sing this song to me. Her beautiful, Irish-accented voice soothed my nerves. But that was years ago...now, I sing this song to my younger sister and brother, Regan and Reilly. They love it when I do. Each night, they curl up next to me on my bed on either side of me. I hold them close and sing this beautiful lullaby to them. I will do the same with my children when I have them.

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Gerald, Canada

21 January 2011 at 4:21pm

I am 75 years young and my dear mother sang this beautiful song to me and I never have forgotton it. It brings so many wonderful memories. I have tears in my eyes just writing this note. Regards to all the wonderful mothers who sing this song to their babies.

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Siobhán, South Lanarkshire Scotland

6 April 2010 at 11:42am

my father used to sing this to me when i was a baby in 1986 now we sing it to my son

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Hayli, Ohio, Usa

13 February 2010 at 9:17pm

i love this song so much, my mammaw used to sing it to me, its so pretty, and i was so happy to find the first part

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John, Owego,ny

13 June 2009 at 12:05am

This song was sung also by Bing Crosby in the Bells of St. Mary's.

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Alaura, North Carolina Granite Falls

10 March 2009 at 9:43pm

I heard this song before by my great great grandmother. I am have Irish and half Scotts-Irish but then when she died I haven't heard it again till now and seeing it and know knowing the words has made me so happy.

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