Southwind

Description: South Wind is a popular Irish waltz (or slow air) reportedly written in the 1700s by "Freckled Donal Macnamara" in homesickness for his homeland in County Mayo, Ireland.

Southwind Lyrics

South wind of the gentle rain, you banish winter weather
Bring salmon to the pool again, the bees among the heather
If northward now you mean to blow, as you rustle soft above me
God speed be with you as you go and a kiss for those that love me

From south I come with velvet breeze, my word all nature blesses,
I melt the snow and strew the leas with flowers and warm caresses;
I’ll help you to dispel your woes, with joy I’ll take your greeting
And bear it to your loved Mayo upon my wings so fleeting.

My Connaght famed for wine and play, so leal, so gay, so loving,
Here’s my fond kiss I send today, borne on the wind in its roving.
These Munster folk are good and kind, right royally they treat me,
But this land I’d gladly leave behind, with your Connaght pipes to greet me.

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