Mother's Love is a Blessing (A)

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MOTHER'S LOVE IS A BLESSING, A. Irish, Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The tune has appropriately sentimental lyrics written by Thomas P. Keenan that begin:

An Irish boy was leaving,
Leaving his native home;
Crossing the broad Atlantic,
Once more he wished to roam.
And as he was leaving his mother,
Who was standing on the quay;
She threw her arms around his waist,
And this to him did say:

A mother's love's a blessing,
No matter where you roam;
Keep her while she's living,
You'll miss her when she's gone.
Love her as in childhood,
Though feeble, old and grey;
For you'll never miss a mother's love,
Till she's buried beneath the clay.

Keenan (1866–1927) was a circus and music hall performer who used the stage name "Tommy Conway," and entertained by singing, dancing, and playing the piano. He was also a prolific songwriter, and penned "When Irish Eyes are Shining," "Mother Macree," That's an Irish Lullaby," "Hello Patsy Fagan," "The Old Rustic Bridge" and other Irish songs. He dedicated many song to his deceased wife, Margaret Lillis, whom he married in the early 1890's; "The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill" was one. While in Co. Cork with his company in 1927, Keenan got pneumonia and died at the age of 61. He was buried in Castletownroche Cemetery, County Cork, overlooking the Bridge on the river Awbeg and the Mill.

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Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF3040, De Dannan - "Ballroom" (1987).

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