Are You Familiar With This Irish Lullaby? Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral

Popular Versions of Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral

Many of us have had the pleasure of being lulled into sleep by our mother’s lullaby. If you’re lucky, your mum probably sang you Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral. Also called “That’s an Irish Lullaby,” this song was written by James Royce Shannon in 1914.

The most popular version of the song is the one made by Bing Cosby. However, there are other artists who gave their own rendition of Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral, including Kate Smith and Van Morrison.

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.

Irish Lullaby


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