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Thread #96527   Message #1890090
Posted By: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
21-Nov-06 - 02:31 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Dan Breen (and Sean Treacy)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dan Breen (and Sean Treacy)
"Peace" also includes a line from "The Ould Orange Flute"! And notice the variants of "Tipperary so far away"; to which I'll add another verse, similar in places;

"There were none to weep for you, Sean astoir,
As ypu lay on the ground;
Your comrades knew you were on your own,
As you [or, "they"?] warily looked around;
"Lift me gently," you whispered,
"No longer on Earth can I stay,
For I'll never more roam to my own native home,
T. so far away"


"Our soldiers in silent ambush lay, when the evening sky was clear,
Yet not one man was there afraid,
Our brave boys knew no fear;
Ye people in the city streets, do you hear the fierce affray
Of that valiant youth whose home is set
In T. so far away".

The version in the "wolfe Tones" record cited seems incredibly garbled, unless someone were drunk when posting (it happens). Just to put things a little straighter, the last verse should be:

"The soldiers of Ireland bore him high on their shoulders, with solemn tread;
And many a heart with a tearful sigh wept for our patriot dead;
In silence they lowered him into the grave, to wait for the Reckoning Day,
Sean Treacy, who died his home to save, in T. so far away".

True enough about rhyme-scheme and metre too, if one insist upon strict scansion. But no less an authority on song-making than Robert Burns, in one of his "Commonplace Books" (early 1780s), compared two versions of "The Mill, Mill-o", one a "polite" version from Ramsay's "Tea-Table Miscellany", the other what we might call the Trad. or Folk version, first with regard to reading them as poetry (the Trad one "halts [limps] prodigiously out of measure") but then by singing them to the air. Remember that one syllable (when read, as poetry) may be sung to several notes.