Do you know “The” Galway Girl song?

Hello all,

I have been meaning to write about this for a good while, and as I heard that Ed Sheeran might be in town( ie Galway  city) I thought I’d give you a  bit of a rundown of this story. ( More about  the link with Ed Sheeran  in a minute).

So it all started with this song, written by Steve Earl (2002), an American visiting Galway. The song has a simple storyline in which the singer meets a girl while walking in Galway. They have a brief liaison but she leaves him “with a broken heart and a ticket home”. Below are the lyrics. It’s a very popular song, and you’ll regularly hear it on the radio and of course in the pub:)


Well, I took a stroll on the old long walk
Of a day -I-ay-I-ay
I met a little girl and we stopped to talk
Of a fine soft day -I-ay-I-ay
And I ask you, friend, what’s a fella to do
Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue
And I knew right then I’d be takin’ a whirl
‘Round the Salthill Prom with a Galway girl

We were halfway there when the rain came down
Of a day -I-ay-I-ay
And she asked me up to her flat downtown
Of a fine soft day -I-ay-I-ay
And I ask you, friend, what’s a fella to do
Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue
So I took her hand and I gave her a twirl
And I lost my heart to a Galway girl
When I woke up I was all alone
With a broken heart and a ticket home
And I ask you now, tell me what would you do
If her hair was black and her eyes were blue
I’ve traveled around I’ve been all over this world
Boys I ain’t never seen nothin’ like a Galway girl

The next version is the (until now) most popular version :

There is  a version of this song I really enjoy, it is sang by the Thai Tims.

Earlier this year in March , Ed Sheeran released his version of Galway Girl, and he nearly broke Spotify,as it became the most streamed album in the first week of release.

Apparently Ed Sheeran is in town today to film for his new album, I wonder who will feature in it.. I wonder if these girls succeed to get his attention!

If you are one of the lucky people to meet him, enjoy his company,





  • Katleenbb
  • Mum, blogger, Belgian, linguist, living in Ireland since 1993. I take a keen interest in business,small business and technology, how it creates jobs opportunities in Ireland. This blog is about following the trends in job creation, where those jobs are advertised, and what's involved to make Ireland( like myself) your new home. I am based in the West of Ireland. Twitter: @ecotreasure FB: workinglivingtravellinginireland

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