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Last night as I lay dreamin'
Of pleasant days gone by
Me mind bein' bent on travelin'
To Ireland I did fly
I stepped aboard a vision
and followed with my will
'Til next I came to anchor
At the cross near Spancil Hill

Delighted by the novelty
Enchanted with the scene
Where in my early boyhood
Where often I had been
I thought I heard a murmur
And think I hear it still
It's the little stream of water
That flows down Spancil Hill

It being the 23rd of June
The day before the fair
Where Ireland's sons and daughters
In crowds assembled there
The young, the old, the brave and the bold
They came for sport and kill
There were jovial conversations
At the cross near Spancil Hill

I went to see my neighbours
To hear what they might say
The old ones were all dead and gone
The others turning grey
I met with tailor Quigley
He's as bold as ever still
Sure he used to make my britches
When I lived in Spancil Hill

I paid a flying visit
To my first and only love
She's white as any lily
And gentle as a dove
She threw her arms around me
Saying Johnny I love you still
She's Meg the farmers daughter
And the pride of Spancil Hill

I dreamt I stooped and kissed her
As in the day of 'ore
She said Johnny you're only joking
As many the times before
The cock crew in the morn'
He crew both loud and shrill
And I woke in California
Many miles from Spancil Hill

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    UnregisteredJul 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    Please spread the word about donnybrook fair! Great irish band who need to be recognised! Northampton based band well known for their great music and great entertainment! Search for donny brookfair on facebook to make contact for bookings etc. Thanks
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    UnregisteredJan 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    Spancill hill is a cross roads four miles ennis county clare. The song was written by michael considine who emigrated to america in 1870. Like all irish men before and after him songs and music is a way to keep your patriotism alive for the country you love. Up the republic
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    UnregisteredApr 21, 2012 at 6:32 am
    I learned this song while staying in a hostel in sydney australia right before st. Paddy's day. I'll carry it forever more with found memories of an amazing country.
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    UnregisteredApr 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm
    Spancil hill was down in co. Clare 23rd of june just before the fair 24th june johns day he came before the lord he baptised the people and he told them and he wasn't fit to un-tie his sandles tis the he is speaking about the lord.
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    UnregisteredJan 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    It's about a home sick irish man living aboard for many years who still dreams of the old country and being a boy there.

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