Traditional Irish Lullaby

by IrishGirl on February 13, 2009

Originally written in 1914 by composer James Royce Shannon, this classic Irish lullaby was popularized by the great Bing Crosby in 1944 in Going My Way. You’ve heard the song before, but you may not know the lyrics. Hear the great Bing Crosby sing the chorus in the video clip below.

“Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)”

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

Chorus:

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 a gain,
I feel her arms a-hugging me
As when she held me then.
And I hear her voice a hum-min’
To me as in days of yore,
When she used to rock me fast a-sleep
Outside the cabin door.

Chorus:

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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