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Tóráiocht

Music, Lyrics and Copyright © by Harry Long

Chorus
He used to tell her when they made love there was sunlight in her eyes
She promised him twould last forever more
Lovers in their warm embrace speak no deceit nor lies
But fates can change and so have done before

Wed not wife was Grainne to a man she did not love
Too young for ageing heroes so she laced his drink with drugs
As as her wedded husband slept and all the sleeping guests
She chose another, Dermot, as the one to love her best

She put him under ancient bonds to love her and defend her
Through all the perils and darkness that they both would face together
And Dermot took her by the hand and out into the night
Forsaking friends and family the lovers made their flight
Chorus
He used to tell her when they made love there was sunlight in her eyes
She promised him twould last forever more
Lovers in their warm embrace speak no deceit nor lies
But fates can change and so have done before

The wedding guests and bridegroom awoke long after dawn
And looking through their drowsy dreams they saw the bride was gone
As Dermot was the only man whose face they couldn’t see
They swore to ride the country wide where e’er the couple be

They rode for days they rode for weeks and many months went by
While Grainne and her lover ran beneath the open sky
And when by chance on distant hills the two were ever seen
They’d kiss three times defiantly then fade from where they’d been

Chorus (Repeat)

They slept beneath the stars and moon they slept beside the streams
They lay by lake and mountainside then fell into their dreams
For many years they kept ahead of those in close pursuit
But dreams must end and love must bend to fates it does not choose

One night as Dermot sought a rest place through the forest dim
He came upon a boar who wild and angry rushed at him
And though he fought to save his life he fell that night to death
While Grainne torn and tearful swore never to forget

How he used to tell her when they made love there was sunlight in her eyes
How she promised him twould last forever more
But lost without his warm embrace she turned away and cried
And to her husband faith forever swore

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