NO FLOOD OF TEARS
Words and Music: Tom Walsh.
DURING A RECENT VISIT TO ELLIS ISLAND IN NEW YORK, I CAME ACROSS A PHOTO OF AN IRISH PEASANT GIRL AND THE CAPTION WHICH INFORMED THE READER OF HER REASON FOR EMIGRATING TO THE NEW WORLD
TO ESCAPE A “MATCHMAKE” TO A MUCH OLDER MAN
Her name is katy Devlin in Ireland she was born.
On board the Caledonia her heavy heart forlorn.
In 1906 to America she left her native land.
To seek love and solace there
In that country that’s so grand.
What kind of a life would this have been
To stay and carry on.
The wishes of her father to marry an aged man.
No, her sweet blood is lively and a America she will go.
To live her life the way she’d wish,
In the land she wants to know.
Her last glimpse of Ireland was that bright April day.
her sea store she had plenty to reach the other quay.
The crossing that been pleasant produced many a happy smile.
Above on deck they laughed and joked
But pondered every mile.
They landed on Ellis Island and headed for the great hall.
Some were sick with worry that they would not pass at all.
With luck she was processed in a single day
While thousands more await their fate
Minds tortured with delay.
The reason why she upped and left, to escape this dreadful plan.
The forces of her father to marry an older man.
The thought of a life like this grieved her heart full sore.
With this in mind she bade farewell
And headed for the shore
Just two weeks in Manhattan she met her heart’s delight.
handsome man of plenty who loved her with all his might.
Now that she is old and gray she ponders what might have been
In her native land so long ago,
Thank God for a life serene.