When You Are Old

When You Are Old‘, written by beloved Irish poet & playwright, William Butler Yeats, from Helena’s album ‘Scéal – a Collection of Irish Stories, Music & Poetry’.


When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Vocals by Helena Byrne. Produced by Helena Byrne.
Recorded at Quiet Cailín Studios

About the Album – ‘Scéal; a Collection of Irish Stories, Music & Poetry’

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‘Scéal’, meaning ‘Story’ in the Irish language, is a collection of Helena’s favourite Irish stories and poems, gathered by Helena from various sources, including her own family and neighbours. These stories of Leprechauns and Trooping Fairies, encounters with the ‘Other Folk’ during the festival of Samhain and poems inspired by these magical tales are sure to bring you into the ‘Other World’ and awaken your imagination.

Order your copy of Helena’s new album ‘Scéal – a Collection of Irish Stories, Music & Poetry’ (CD & MP3s)

Scéal’s 17 tracks include My Lagan Love, Michael O’Brien & the Banshee of Graiguenamanagh, The Piper & the Pooka, James Byrne & the Death Coach, Sean Fitzgerald & the Leprechaun and many, many more.

A Note from Helena“For the past number of years I have been regaling guests with stories of the fairies and other enchanting tales from Irish folklore. Having had many guests ask me to record these stories, I am delighted to share with you this collection of my favourite stories and poems that I’ve been fortunate enough to gather over the years. I look forward to sharing this collection with you and hope that it will bring many hours of wonder and joy to you and yours.”