Curragh of Kildare
        Traditional, arr. Theiss & O'Connor

If you bothered to look up "curragh" in a dictionary you might find that it means a boat, or a marshy field.  Further research could reveal that it's a horse racing course in Ireland.  Obviously, none of these make sense for this song.  But even into the 20th century, there was a military camp on the Curragh Plain in county Kildare.  So we assume this is the story of a woman who wants to find her lover who is in the army. We've only heard male singers perform this song, but thought Lin's voice would be a vast improvement not only in sound, but in making meaning of the song.

Album: One More Song/Theiss & O'Connor;  A Collection of Irish Classics/Various artists, Finbar & Eddie Furey;  Older But Not Wiser/The Clancy Brothers & Robbie O'Connell 

The winter it is past and the summer's come at last.
The birds they are singing in the trees.
Their little hearts are glad, but mine is very sad
For my true love is far away from me.

Refrain:
And straight I will repair to the Curragh of Kildare
For it's there I'll find tidings of my dear.

The rose upon the briar by the water running clear
Brings joy to the linnet and the deer.
Their little hearts are blessed, but mine know no rest
For my true love is far away from me.

Refrain

A livery I will wear and I'll comb back my hair.
And in velvet so green I will appear.
And straight I will repair to the Curragh of Kildare
For it's there I'll find tidings of my dear.

Refrain

I'll wear a cap of black with some frills around my neck
Golden rings on my fingers I will wear.
Oh yes, this I'll undertake for my own true lover's sake.
For he lives in the Curragh of Kildare.

Refrain

Oh you who are in love and cannot it remove.
I pity the pain you do endure.
For experience lets me know that your hearts are full of woe
Yes, a woe that no other can cure.

Refrain