Who Sang Raglan Road? Van Morrison & The Chieftains

The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1988-6-20
length: 4:57
producer: Paddy Moloney and Van Morrison
recording engineer: Brian Masterson
arranger: Paddy Moloney and Van Morrison
lyricist: Pádraig Caomhánaigh
composer: [traditional]
On Raglan Road on an Autumn Day,
I saw her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare
That I may one day rue.

I saw the danger, yet I walked
Along the enchanted way
And I said let grief be a falling leaf
At the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November,
We tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worst of passions pledged.

The Queen of Hearts still baking tarts
And I not making hay,
Well I loved too much; by such and such
Is happiness thrown away.

I gave her the gifts of the mind.
I gave her the secret sign
That's known to all the artists who have
Known true Gods of Sound and Time.

With word and tint I did not stint.
I gave her reams of poems to say
With her own dark hair and her own name there
Like the clouds over fields of May.

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet,
I see her walking now away from me,
So hurriedly. My reason must allow,
For I have wooed, not as I should

A creature made of clay.
When the angel woos the clay, he'll lose
His wings at the dawn of the day.

CD 1
  • 1 Star of the County Down
  • 2 Irish Heartbeat
  • 3 Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta
  • 4 Raglan Road
  • 5 She Moved Through the Fair
  • 6 I’ll Tell Me Ma
  • 7 Carrickfergus
  • 8 Celtic Ray
  • 9 My Lagan Love
  • 10 Marie’s Wedding