The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 23

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 23

Welcome to the 1951 Rolling Review Show which twice weekly features pieces of music I have enjoyed at some time in my life. I hope you enjoy them as well. Let me know and please feel free to Reblog.

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Bonnie Portmore (Loreena McKennitt)

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“Bonny Portmore” is an Irish traditional folk song which laments the demise of Ireland’s old oak forests, specifically the Great Oak of Portmore or the Portmore Ornament Tree, which fell in a windstorm in 1760 and was subsequently used for shipbuilding and other purposes. This beautiful version is by Loreena McKennitt and comes from her 1991 album The Visit.

O, bonny Portmore, I am sorry to see
Such a woeful destruction of your ornament tree
For it stood on your shore, for many’s the long day
Till the long boats from Antrim came to float it away

O, bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore

All the birds in the forest they bitterly weep
Saying, “Where will we shelter or where will we sleep?”
For the Oak and the Ash, they are all cutten down
And the walls of bonny Portmore are all down to the ground

O, bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore

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4 responses to “The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 23

  1. Loreena McKennitt has recorded so many beautifully melodic songs. Thx for sharing this one.

  2. the vid is blocked here but I’ve seen it before. good tune and good selection.

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