Ode to Friendship
melody: “Tune for Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh”,
©1985 by Dáithí Sproule; lyrics: ©2020 by Barry Foy.
Bless my friends, and bless their mischief,
Bless our childhood capers all,
And bless the days when life was right,
And eyes were bright and hearts were light,
So tenderly I recall.
Bless my friends, and bless their music,
Bless their flutes and their fiddles all,
And songs of sailors bold and maidens fair,
That echoed through the evening air,
So happily I recall.
Griefs or pleasures, laugh or cry,
I always know there’s a friend standing by,
Was ever anyone as blessed as I? ?
So gratefully I recall.
What made me so lucky that you’d share your lives with me?
So caring, so kind, and so welcomingly,
You’re half my soul, and you will always be,
So thankfully I recall.
Bless my friends, and bless their magic,
Steadfast crew through my tempests all,
So many times I’ve drifted aimlessly,
But patiently they righted me,
So fortunate to recall.
Bless my friends, and bless their mem’ry,
In my mind they are present all,
I only have to speak their names and then,
They stand beside me once again,
So lovingly I recall.