Sinéad O'Connor shares emotional new song dedicated to late son Shane
"It's a song about grief, it's a song about a child gone too soon."
An emotional song from Sinéad O'Connor was featured on today's The Ryan Tubridy Show.
Host Ryan Tubridy revealed he had spoken to a heartbroken Sinéad following the death of her son Shane last week.
She is said to be doing "as well as possible under the circumstances" and sent Ryan a beautiful song dedicated to Shane that she wrote two years ago called Horse on the Highway.
The presenter said he decided to play the "rough edit" of the song on the show to reflect the grief the entire nation feels right now after not only the loss of Shane but the tragic murder of Ashling Murphy, whose funeral is taking place today.
"It's a very beautiful song. Sinéad is grieving, the Murphy family are grieving today. The country is grieving today," he said.
"I just felt that this song, at Sinéad's suggestion, would be quite a song to play as we say goodbye. It's a song about grief, it's a song about a child gone too soon."
The lyrics read: "You're too young to be addicted as you are. I'm old and I can't chase you anymore.
"Come home, come home, young one. Put down the streets and come for they don't belong to you.
"And paradise so sweet lies at your mother's feet. I am not complete without you. Tonight, I'll dream we are in heaven sitting underneath an apple tree...just being with you, being with me."
Shane's funeral took place last week in accordance with his Hindu beliefs and was kept private, as he requested, with only his mother and his father, Donal Lunny, in attendance.
"We just said goodbye to our beautiful angel Shaney," Sinéad wrote on Twitter. "Very lovely Hindu ceremony. Shane will have loved it. He was always chanting 'Om Shanti'.
"I put a few packs of fags in the coffin for him in case there’s none in heaven. He’ll have loved that too. Om. Shanti."