Newcastle
Lankum Lyrics


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Come you not from Newcastle?
Come you there far away?
Oh, met you not my true love
Who dwells near Dublin bay?

Why should I not love my love?
Why shouldn't my love love me?
Why should I not speed after her
Since love to all is free?

Her father, once my true friend
Now turns me from the door
Her mother owed me worthy
Now bids me love no more

Why should I not love my love?
Why shouldn't my love love me?
Why should I not speed after her
Since love to all is free?

Her squire, once my true friend
But now my rival be
While I, Willie, madly wail away
To sail the stormy sea

Why should I not love my love?
Why shouldn't my love love me?
Why should I not speed after her
Since love to all is free?

In spite of flame and danger
With her Willie, she will roam
My arms, her safe defenders
Her breast, my happy home

Why should I not love my love?
Why shouldn't my love love me?




Why should I not speed after her
Since love to all is free?

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics to Lankum's song "Newcastle," the singer reflects on a tumultuous love story filled with obstacles and challenges. The opening lines, "Come you not from Newcastle? Come you there far away?" set the scene for a tale of distance and longing. The singer questions if the listener has encountered their true love near Dublin Bay, highlighting the theme of separation and yearning for connection.


The repeated refrain, "Why should I not love my love? Why shouldn't my love love me? Why should I not speed after her since love to all is free?" delves deeper into the complexities of love and the desire to pursue it despite societal constraints or personal hardships. The singer expresses a determination to follow their heart and fight for their love, regardless of the challenges they face.


As the lyrics progress, the listener learns about the disapproval of the love interest's family and the shift from friendship to rivalry. The singer laments the betrayal of those who were once close to them, but their devotion to their love remains steadfast. The contrast between the fickle nature of relationships and the enduring power of love is explored through the changing dynamics between the singer and their loved one's family and friends.


The final lines of the song evoke a sense of resilience and hope, as the singer vows to protect their love through flame and danger. The imagery of sailing the stormy sea together symbolizes the journey of love, fraught with challenges but ultimately rewarding. The love between the singer and their significant other is portrayed as a source of comfort and security, a place where they find solace and belonging. Overall, the lyrics of "Newcastle" by Lankum capture the essence of love's enduring strength, perseverance, and unwavering commitment in the face of adversity.


Line by Line Meaning

Come you not from Newcastle?
Are you not originally from Newcastle, a place distant from here?


Come you there far away?
Are you coming from such a remote place?


Oh, met you not my true love
Have you not encountered the one I truly adore?


Who dwells near Dublin bay?
Who lives close to the shores of Dublin bay?


Why should I not love my love?
What reason do I have to refrain from loving the one I cherish?


Why shouldn't my love love me?
What grounds exist for my beloved to not reciprocate my feelings?


Why should I not speed after her
Why should I hesitate to pursue her?


Since love to all is free?
Particularly when love is available to everyone without restraint?


Her father, once my true friend
Her father, who was once a loyal companion of mine,


Now turns me from the door
Now refuses to welcome me into his home.


Her mother owed me worthy
Her mother, who once respected and valued me,


Now bids me love no more
Now discourages me from pursuing any affection for her daughter.


Why should I not love my love?
What justification exists for me to stop loving the one I adore?


Why shouldn't my love love me?
What reason is there for my beloved to not return my feelings?


Why should I not speed after her
Why should I not rush to follow her?


Since love to all is free?
Especially considering that love is unrestricted and accessible to everyone?


Her squire, once my true friend
Her companion, who was once a close ally of mine,


But now my rival be
Has now become my competitor for her affections.


While I, Willie, madly wail away
As I, Willie, lament passionately and in despair,


To sail the stormy sea
Amidst the turbulence of my emotional turmoil.


Why should I not love my love?
What reason can I find for not loving the one I care for?


Why shouldn't my love love me?
What rationale exists to justify her not loving me in return?


Why should I not speed after her
What barrier prevents me from eagerly chasing after her?


Since love to all is free?
Given that love is ultimately a gift accessible to all?


In spite of flame and danger
Regardless of the risks and trials I may face,


With her Willie, she will roam
She intends to wander alongside me, Willie, despite the challenges.


My arms, her safe defenders
My embrace offers her a refuge and protection.


Her breast, my happy home
Her heart provides me with a sense of belonging and joy.


Why should I not love my love?
What could possibly dissuade me from loving my beloved?


Why shouldn't my love love me?
What possible reason is there that my beloved should not return my affection?


Why should I not speed after her
Why should I not hasten to pursue her without delay?


Since love to all is free?
Especially since love should be freely given and received by all?




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Cormac Dermody, Darragh Lynch, Ian Lynch, John Oliver Murphy, Radie Peat

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Niall Mc

Come ya not from Newcastle
Come you there far away
Oh met you not my true love
Who dwells near Dublin Bay

[Chorus]
Why should I not love my love
Why shouldn’t my love love me
Why should I not speed after her
Since love to all is free

Her father once my true friend
Now turns me from the door
Her mother wrote me worthy
Now bids me love no more

[Chorus]

Her squire once my true friend
But now my rival be
While I Willie madly bail away
To sail the stormy sea

[Chorus]

In spite of flame and danger
With Willie she will roam
My arms are safe defenders
Her breast my happy home

[Chorus]

Source: mo chluasa, open to corrections



All comments from YouTube:

Niall Mc

Come ya not from Newcastle
Come you there far away
Oh met you not my true love
Who dwells near Dublin Bay

[Chorus]
Why should I not love my love
Why shouldn’t my love love me
Why should I not speed after her
Since love to all is free

Her father once my true friend
Now turns me from the door
Her mother wrote me worthy
Now bids me love no more

[Chorus]

Her squire once my true friend
But now my rival be
While I Willie madly bail away
To sail the stormy sea

[Chorus]

In spite of flame and danger
With Willie she will roam
My arms are safe defenders
Her breast my happy home

[Chorus]

Source: mo chluasa, open to corrections

Denny Bartley

An dheas ar mo chluasa go deimhin

Bomba Lu Lu

Radie could sing the phone book and I’d be moved. Such an amazing singer and the entire band are awesome musicians. Hurry on Friday , can not wait any longer

Valentin Jendrysiak

this is gonna be a serious contender for AOTY. Absolutely beautiful song.

Christopher Huffman

I'll have to take your word for it, as I have no idea what AOTY stands for.

G-man

​@Christopher Huffman Album Of The Year

Valentin

Agreed, Valentin.

Ismaelmsi

Yeah, the entire album is just great

Matil D

I’m glad I’m alive to hear music like this

Rahul Bery

I love how for those of us who are regular listeners to Ian Lynch's podcast, so many of these songs are already familiar - in particular this and Lord Abore and Mary Flynn. I'm beyond excited about hearing the latter! And if anyone hasn’t listened to Fire Draw Near, what are you doing with your life?

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