The Blarney Stone (John B. Shirley)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77929:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 394 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Blarney Stone
Composer: John B. Shirley
Lyricist: Samuel Lover
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1909 American Book Company
Description: Irish Air

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Original text and translations

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Oh, did you ne’er hear of “the Blarney,”
That’s found near the banks of Killarney?
Believe it from me,
No girl’s heart is free,
Once she hears the sweet sound of the Blarney.
For the Blarney’s so great a deceiver,
That a girl thinks you’re there, though you leave her;
And never finds out
All the tricks you’re about,
Till she’s quite gone herself,— with your Blarney.

Oh! say, would you find this same “Blarney?”
There’s a castle not far from Killarney,
On the top of the wall—
(But take care you don’t fall)
There’s a stone that contains all this Blarney.
Like a magnet its influence such is,
That attraction it gives all it touches,
If you kiss it, they say,
From that blessed day,
You may kiss whom you plaze with your Blarney.