The Redwings Bound For Mushera
Above the Towns and Villages across the moonlit sky
Towards the fields by Mushera mountain the migrating redwings fly
They leave their northern woodlands when the cold north winds blow
Before the onset of Winter and the first heavy fall of snow.
For the fields of Duhallow many of them are bound
And for some the fields of Aubane and Mushera will be their wintering ground
And for some 'twill be their last migration they will not return in the Spring
When May is in the Northlands for to build their nests and sing.
It will be the last migration for some of the weaker young and old
For even the cooler Duhallow Winter for them will prove too cold
Though born in the Northlands many further south do die
They live far from their home fields but then so too do i.
The redwings bound for Mushera are flying through the night
In Winter in the mountain fields they are a common sight
Above the Towns and Villages in their migrating flight
They make a buzzing sort of sound as they travel by moonlight.
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