Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“The Butcher Boy”

Traditional, arranged by Elliot Goldenthal

(Source: The Butcher Boy)

2 versions

4:06

The Butcher Boy soundtrack album

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The Butcher Boy soundtrack album

Lyrics

(Source: as heard)

In Dublin town, where I did dwell
A butcher boy I loved so well.
He courted me my life away
And now with me he will not stay.
I wish, I wish, but I wish in vain.
I wish I was a maid again.
But a maid again, I ne'er can be,
Til apples grow on an ivy tree.
She went upstairs to go bed,
And calling to her mother said,
"Bring me a chair til I sit down,
And a pen and ink til I write down."
I wish, I wish, but I wish in vain.
I wish I was a maid again.
But a maid again, I ne'er can be,
Til apples grow on an ivy tree.
He went upstairs and the door he broke,
And found her hanging from a rope.
He took his knife and cut her down,
And in her pocket, these words he found.
"Oh, make my grave large, wide, and deep.
Put a marble stone at my head and feet.
And in the middle, a turtle dove,
So the world may know I died of love."

Notes

The first couple stanzas can be heard, complete with fake scratchiness to sound like a record, playing on a restaurant jukebox in The Butcher Boy. Sinéad herself plays the Virgin Mary, who appears in the protagonist's dreams. In one scene, she sings a bit of a song called "Beautiful Bundoran," which is credited in the movie, but isn't on the soundtrack, and hasn't been released in any other way.

Musicians

(Source: The Butcher Boy)

Source: The Butcher Boy

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