The lyrics to the song "The Mountains of Mourne" were written in 1896 by the 19th Century Irish musician Percy French. It is normally sung to the traditional Irish tune Carrigdonn or Carrigdhoun as it is sometimes spelt. This was the same tune used by Thomas Moore (1779–1852) for his song "Bendemeer's Stream".
The song is a whimsical look at the styles, attitudes and fashions of late nineteenth century London as seen from the point of view of a somewhat naive young visitor from a village near the Mountains of Mourne. It is written as if the singer is sending a message to his friend back home.
It contrasts the artificial attractions of the city with the more natural beauty of his homeland.