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Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral

"Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)" is a classic Irish-American song originally written in 1914 by composer James Royce Shannon (1881–1946)[1] for a Tin Pan Alley musical[2] and later popularised by Bing Crosby in 1944's Going My Way. Crosby released the song on his 1950 album Don't Fence Me In.[3]

In 1976, Richard Manuel and Van Morrison sang the song, as "Tura Lura Lural (That's An Irish Lullaby)", during The Band's farewell concert The Last Waltz. "Come On, Eileen," a #1 U.K. chart single from the English band Dexys Midnight Runners, includes a chorus with the lines "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra Too-Ra-Loo-Rye, Ay / And you'll hum this tune forever." The song appeared on their 1982 album titled Too-Rye-Ay.

Others who have recorded the song include Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Perry Como, The Ames Brothers, Regis Philbin, Jessi Colter, Slim Whitman, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, The Irish Tenors, Rosemary Clooney, Kate Smith, Gene Autry, Frances Faye and Piccolo Coro Mariele Ventre dell'Antoniano.


[Verse 1]
Over In Killarney,
Many years ago,
My Mother sang a song to me
In tones so sweet and low;
Just a simple Irish ditty,
In her simple Irish way,
And I'd give the world to hear her sing
That song of this day.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra, Too-ra loo-ra li,
Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra, Hush now don't you cry!
Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra, Too-ra loo-ra li,
Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra, That's an Irish lul-la-by

[Verse 2]
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.

[Repeat chorus]

Another verse...

Oh I can hear that music
I can hear that song
Filling me with memories
Of a mother's love so strong Its melody still haunts me
These many years gone bye
Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra
Until the day I die


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