I’d been back home in Ireland just to visit some old friends
But the days had gone by quickly, it was time to leave again
And I’d had so many wild nights in the week or two that passed
I was almost glad that this would be the last.
But I didn’t sleep at all that night, I stayed up ’til the dawn
Singing songs and playing tunes ’til everyone was gone
By then it was too late for me to go back home to bed
So I opened up another beer instead

Back across the ocean to my home away from home
Glad to be returning but sad to have to go
I’d like to find a way to be two places at one time
It’s easy going back again but it’s hard to say goodbye

And I had one bag too many just as I was set to leave
I was loaded down with bacon and with sausages and tea
And I couldn’t find my ticket as I’m walking out the door
ÔTil I emptied all my bags out on the floor.
On board the plane I sip a drink while waiting for the meal
Just trying to keep my head from knowing how my stomach feels
There’s a baby right behind me making sure that I won’t sleep
And the flight’s too full to find another seat

And I’m trying to fill out customs forms but I can’t find a pen
I’m swearing softly to myself I’ll never fly again
There’s a woman right in front of me keeps playing with the seat
And someone nearby never washed their feet
But I fall asleep at last just as the plane is touching down
And I age ten years just waiting for the bags to come around
But finally I make it home and I’m barely settled when
I’m already making plans to go again

Never Learned to Dance – Green Linnet, GLCD 1124
Words and Music, Robbie O’Connell © 1987
Slievenamon Music (BMI)
MP3: Hard To Say Goodbye