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Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral

Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral, also called ‘That’s an Irish Lullaby’, was written in 1914 by composer James Royce Shannon (1881–1946) and popularised by Bing Crosby.

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It has since been recorded by many artists, including Van Morrison.
It just makes you want to doze off to sleep.
Don’t miss the four videos at the bottom of the page!
Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby) Image copyright Ireland Calling
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Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)

Over In Killarney,
Many years ago,
My Mother sang a song to me
In tones so sweet and low;
Just a simple little ditty,
In her good old Irish way,
And I’d give the world to hear her sing
That song of hers today.

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don’t you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that’s an Irish lullaby.

Oft, in dreams I wander
To that cot again.
I feel her arms a-hugging me
As when she held me then.
And I hear her voice a humming
To me as in days of yore,
When she used to rock me fast asleep
Outside the bedroom door.


Oh I can hear that music
I can hear that song
Filling me with memories
Of a mother’s love so strong
Its melody still haunts me
These many years gone bye
Too ra loo ra loo ral
Until the day I die.

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Popular recordings of Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral

Here’s Bing Crosby who originally popularised the song.

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Here’s Kate Smith singing Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral. This was recorded in 1946.

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Here’s The Irish Tenors singing Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral

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Here’s one you might not have expected.  Van Morrison singing Tura Lura Lural.

Goodnight  Zzzzzzzzz

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  1. Love all the Irish songs! 🍀 Most are simply beautiful ❤️

  2. Robert McMaster

    Like many of the other commenters, this took me back to my childhood, and my mother singing it to me. The voices of Kate Smith are those I remember the most, from the movies of that time and radio.

  3. My Dad and Aunt used to sig that beautiful song in the 50’s . Beautiful memories ☘️❤️

  4. Thank you! Just brought me back to my childhood and my mom and nana singing to me!💚

  5. My father sang this to all 9 of his children, his 13 grandchildren and his 8 of his great grandchildren. Sadly we lost him before the next 3 great grandchildren.

  6. Beautiful. My grandmother and mother use to sing this.

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