Music Monday: “On Raglan Road” by The Dubliners


Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “On Raglan Road”
Artist: The Dubliners

Lyrics taken from

On Raglan Road of an autumn day
I saw her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare
That I might one day rue

I saw the danger and I passed
Along the enchanted way
And I said, let grief be a falling leaf
At the dawning of the day

On Grafton Street in November
We tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worth of passions pledged

The Queen of Hearts still making tarts
And I not making hay
Oh, I loved too much and by such, by such
Is happiness thrown away

I gave her gifts of the mind
I gave her the secret sign
That’s known to the artists who have known
The true gods of sound and stone

And her words and tint without stint
I gave her poems to say
With her own name there and her own dark hair
Like clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly
My reason must allow

That I had loved not as I should
A creature made of clay
When the angel woos the clay
He’ll lose his wings at dawn of day

I first heard “On Raglan Road” during an emotionally intense scene in the film In Bruges (2008). The song takes its lyrics from a poem by Patrick Kavanagh and was put to music by The Dubliners. Singer Luke Kelly croons over the sounds of traditional Irish instruments and the song creates a melancholy landscape with the tragic lyrics. The poem describes a man falling in love with a woman despite the knowledge that things may not work out.

I think this is a fitting song to share in the wake of Saint Paddy’s day weekend; though I have red hair and despite everyone’s assumptions, I have no Irish heritage whatsoever. This, however, doesn’t keep me from learning about the culture and its beautiful music, especially when it is as lovely and evocative as this song.

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5 thoughts on “Music Monday: “On Raglan Road” by The Dubliners

  1. It is a beautiful song 😀
    And I just love the Dubliners. The first concert I went to that wasn’t ‘just’ a small local band was one of the Dubliners. I think I was about 15 and my parents who thankfully indulged/shared my passion for Irish Folk went with me. It was so much fun.

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  3. This is one of those Irish songs that feel like the soundtrack of coming back home after a long time away. Dammit I’d love to set foot again on that island. I miss it every day, even though I’ve been there just once.

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