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

“The Shores of the Swilly (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)”

by Phil Coulter

Composed by Phil Coulter

1 version


Lake of Shadows album


(Source: Lake of Shadows)

By the shores of the Swilly,
Two children at play.
The King of the Castle,
The Queen of the May.
Just me and my sister
In a world of pretend,
Where the sun would keep shining,
And the day never end.
By the shores of the Swilly,
Now with kids of our own.
Another year over,
And see how they've grown.
Then we'd watch the last sunset
And walk arm in arm.
"Till I see you next summer,
God keep you from harm."
And if I was a flyer
Who crashed now and then,
She would put me together
And fly me again...
By the shores of the Swilly,
With an aching inside,
I watch as her body
Is raised from the tide.
Her life has been taken
And I'll never know why,
But I feel in that moment
A part of me die.


Liner notes

It has taken me fifteen years to be able to try and address the loss of my sister, through a song. It was quite a cathartic experience. From the very first note and the earliest lyric I always heard the voice of Sinead (sic). For me no other singer could have breathed life into this song as she has. Sometimes we forget what a glorious voice she has.

Phil Coulter (Source: Lake of Shadows)

Produced by Phil Coulter

(Source: Lake of Shadows)


(Source: Lake of Shadows)

Sinéad O'Connor vocals

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