Christy Moore - Knock Lyrics

At the early age of thirty-eight me mother said 'Go West!'
'Get up,' says she. 'And get a job'. Says I, 'I'll do my best'
I pulled on me Wellingtons to march to Kiltimagh
But I took a wrong turn in Charlestown and ended up in Knock

Oh once this quiet crossroads was a place of gentle prayer
Where Catholics got indulgent once or twice a year
You could buy a pair of rosary beads or get your candles blessed
If you had a guilty conscience you could get it off your chest

Then came the priest form Partry father Horan was his name
And since he's been appointed Knock has never been the same
'Begod,' says Jem, 'tis eighty years since Mary was adout'
'Tis time for another miracle.' and he blew the candle out

From Fatima to Bethlehem, from Lourdes to Kiltimagh
There's never been a miracle like the airport up in Knock

To establish terra firma he draw up a ten year plan
And started running dances around 1961
He built a fantabulous church, Go h-álainn, on the holy ground
And once he had a focal point he started to expand

Chip shops and Bed and Breakfasts sprung up over night
Once a place for quiet retreats now a holy sight
All sorts of fancy restaurants for every race and creed
Where black and white and yellow pilgrims all could get a feed

The stalls once under canvas became religious supermarts
With such a range o' godly goods, they had top twenty charts
While the airport opposition was destroyed by James' trump card
For centenary celebrations he got John Paul the twenty-third

'We had the Blessed virgin here,' Bold Jamesie did declare
'And Pope John Paul the twenty-third appeared just over there'
'Now do you mean to tell me', he said in total shock
'That I am not entitled to an airport here in Knock'

TD's were lobbied and harassed with talk of promised votes
And people who'd been loyal for years now spoke of changing coats
Eternal damnation was threatened on the flock
Who said it was abortive building airports up in Knock

Now everyone is happy the miracle is complete
Father Horan's got his runway, it's eighteen thousand feet
All sorts of planes could land there, of that there's little doubt
Handy for the George Bush to keep knock Gadaffi out

Did NATO donate, me boys, did NATO donate the dough?
Did NATO donate, me Girls, did NATO donate the dough?
Did NATO donate the dough, the dough, did NATO donate the dough?
Eighteen thousand feet of runway is an awful long way to go

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Christy Moore Knock Comments
  1. Kieran Stainsby


  2. Kieran Stainsby

    You shouldn't joke about sacred things.

  3. Phil Ruane

    Mayo forever, Glenisland parish near Castlebar

  4. Paul Davis

  5. Paul Davis

    I used to like christy, but his music isn't original, this particular tune is a rip off of an American 1914 tune,,"Ramblin wreck of Georgia tech"

    Lewis Christie

    Paul Davis alot of folk songs are just rebranded versions of other tunes

    Zenhael Cero

    It's a folk tradition to borrow from other songs and tales. It's damn near impossible to name a folk artist who hasn't done that.

    Bob Dylan was ripped for "stealing" the tune for God On Our Side from Dominic Behan, but of course it turned out Behan had "stolen" it from an older Irish tune called The Merry Month of May. That's just the way this works.

  6. Rob C

    Christy is an irish legend, this song is so true and great miss maigh eo