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James Joyce at the Piano in Paris, 1939 James Joyce: Music in the Novels and Poems
CD #2 Song List
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James Joyce Quote
His arbour, as he called the reeking outhouse which he shared with the cat and the garden tools, served him also as a sounding-box: and every morning he hummed contentedly one of his favourite songs: O, twine me a bower or Blue Eyes and Golden Hair or The Groves of Blarney while the grey and blue coils of smoke rose slowly from his pipe and vanished in the pure air.
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FROM CD #2:
Oh Twine Me a Bower

Music by Hon. D. Roche;
words by Thomas Crofton Croker, Esq.

Song Lyrics

Oh twine me a bow'r all of woodbine and roses,
Far, far from the path of your commonplace joys;
Where the gem of contentment in silence reposes
Unsullied by tears and unshaken by noise.
Yes there would I dwell, in my own flow'ry cell
Nor the dream of ambition, of honour, or power,
Should tempt me to part from my own happy bower,
Should tempt me to part from my own happy bower.

True friendship should light up his torch at my dwelling
To cheer me when youth and its pleasures were past;
Without friends where on earth are the joys worth telling,
For friendship thro' years and thro' sorrows will last.
Yes there would I dwell, in my own flow'ry cell
Nor the dream of ambition of honour or power
Should tempt me to part from my own happy bower,
Should tempt me to part from my own happy bower.


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