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Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran

Ciaran 13 Oct 98 - 08:27 AM
Martin Ryan 13 Oct 98 - 11:07 AM
Ciaran 04 Dec 98 - 12:56 PM
Frank McGrath 04 Dec 98 - 01:21 PM
Wolfgang Hell 09 Dec 98 - 09:44 AM
Brack& 09 Dec 98 - 11:01 AM
jodro 09 Dec 98 - 11:07 AM
Ciaran 10 Dec 98 - 03:29 AM
Brack& 10 Dec 98 - 03:59 AM
Ciaran 10 Dec 98 - 09:57 AM
Wolfgang 10 Dec 98 - 10:23 AM
Wolfgang 12 Dec 98 - 09:13 AM
Ciaran 14 Dec 98 - 05:10 AM
Daniel 26 Apr 99 - 05:11 PM
John in Brisbane 14 Dec 04 - 01:11 AM
GUEST 14 Dec 04 - 06:39 PM
John in Brisbane 14 Dec 04 - 09:17 PM
GUEST,David Ingerson 15 Dec 04 - 05:29 PM
GUEST,micheal o connollysean nos singer from muici 11 Jan 06 - 03:36 PM
GUEST,james mcphee 28 Feb 07 - 12:34 PM
GUEST,james doyle 28 Feb 07 - 12:36 PM
GUEST,Brigid Donnely 10 Apr 07 - 09:31 PM
GUEST,jlinne 31 Jul 07 - 12:25 PM
David Ingerson 17 Nov 07 - 07:30 PM
GUEST 04 Jan 08 - 11:24 AM
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Subject: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Ciaran
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 08:27 AM

Can anybody help with the English translation of a sean nos song - possibly sung by De Danaan - The Shores Of Lough Bran ?

Slan go foill !


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 11:07 AM

Not sure if it's a translation - I doubt it. I'll see if I can find words.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Ciaran
Date: 04 Dec 98 - 12:56 PM

Help! Still looking .... Does ANYBODY out there have a copy that they can listen to and transcribe for me ?

Pleeeeeeasssseeee??!!!


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Frank McGrath
Date: 04 Dec 98 - 01:21 PM

If somebody can jump in and post the lyrics today - please fire ahead. But if not be patient - I'll have them in a few days for you.

There are many variations so I cannot promise to give you an exact translation of what you heard before but all the versions I have heard in English are magic and should be sung unaccompanied for the proper effect.

So hold tough good man and your request will be answered shortly from one source or another.

Frank McGrath
Nenagh Singers Circle
www.geocities.com/broadway/alle


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHORES OF LOUGH BRAN^^
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 09 Dec 98 - 09:44 AM

I don't know where I have this from, but it seems to be a transcription from the DeDannan recording.

SHORES OF LOUGH BRAN

Sit you down, loyal comrade, sit you down for a while
'til I spend my last hours 'round Erin's Green Isle
come fill up your glasses and we'll drink hand in hand
for tomorrow I'll be leaving the shores of Lough Bran.

There's my father and mother you can now hear them cry
with their tears bewailing would moisten your eye
but I will assist them, please God, if I can
far away from lovely Erin and the shores of Lough Bran.

In the incoming morning I will bid you adieu,
to Leitrim, Drumshanboe and sweet Carrick too
but no matter what fortune I might make far away
my thoughts shall be with you by night and by day.

My thoughts shall be with you while life's course is banned
far away from lovely Erin and the shores of Lough Bran.

Wolfgang


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHORES OF LOUGH BRAN^^
From: Brack&
Date: 09 Dec 98 - 11:01 AM

Another version

Come sit down comrades with me for a while
For I'm spending my last hours in Erin's green isle
Fill up your glasses - let you drink when you can
For tomorrow I'll be sailing from the shores of Lough Bran

Our fathers before us were forced for to roam
'Twas the laws of coercion drove them from their home
But the Lord made for Ireland a scheme and a plan
That sent our sons roaming like wild geese from Lough Bran

There's my father and mother, you can now hear them sigh
With their tears bewailing, it would moisten your eyes
But I will assist them please God, if I can
Far away from lovely Erin and the shores of Lough Bran

On the incoming morning I will now bid "Adieu"
To Leitrim, Drumshanbo and sweet Carrick too
But no matter what fortune I may make far away
My thoughts shall be with you by night and by day

Regards Mick Bracken


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: jodro
Date: 09 Dec 98 - 11:07 AM

and he may be the lover of her but I still love him that,s the first bit


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Ciaran
Date: 10 Dec 98 - 03:29 AM

Thankyou all - this is what I've been waiting for !! The only bit I'm not sure about though is:

....shall be with you while life's course is banned

What does that mean ???


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Brack&
Date: 10 Dec 98 - 03:59 AM

Ciaran, I would think that it means, that normally, life's course would be to live where you were born, but if freedom was banned, and you couldn't live with that, you may be forced to "roam". Regards Mick Bracken


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Ciaran
Date: 10 Dec 98 - 09:57 AM

Thanks Mick, I guess I can handle that...but could it be: .....while life's course is spanned ???


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Dec 98 - 10:23 AM

I'll listen tonight and tell you, what I hear


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Wolfgang
Date: 12 Dec 98 - 09:13 AM

I hear DeDannan singing "spanned" and The Boys of the Lough (Life at Passim) singing "banned".

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Ciaran
Date: 14 Dec 98 - 05:10 AM

Well - who am I to disagree with either ? I'll use 'Spanned' on a Friday and 'Banned' on a Saturday!

Thanks for the help guys....slan go foill !


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: Daniel
Date: 26 Apr 99 - 05:11 PM

If I could throw in my two cents worth,(which with inflation is worth about five bucks by now) "spanned" makes more sense. Mick's justification of "banned" seems, well, a little strained.


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 14 Dec 04 - 01:11 AM

There's a great new recording by Sean and John Doyle. I have a WAV which I downloaded and the tune sounds very similar to another song. Can anyone enlighten please?

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 04 - 06:39 PM

John,
         Could it be "Farewell Enniskillen?"


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 14 Dec 04 - 09:17 PM

It's a modally tune and it sounds like a cross between 'Salley Gardens' and 'Bunclodey'.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics: The Shores Of Lough Bran
From: GUEST,David Ingerson
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 05:29 PM

I heard a woman singing it in Listol (I think) in 1983 who included this as the second verse (if my memory serves):

No more will I wander 'round Harknet's (?) green hill,
Or the old spot that I loved so well that was down by the mill,
Or the old forge where I ran and leaped and oft times did stray,
To inhale the fresh breezes 'round the shores of Lough Bran.

There's an obvious problem with the rhyme in the last couplet, so I sing it:

Or the old forge where I jumped and leaped and oft times I ran,
To inhale ... etc.

Either way it goes bump there. I'd love to find the original line, which, I assume, would be as smooth as the rest of the song.

Frank's right: it is a magic song. It was this song (I should find out who sang it) included on an anthology called "A Feast of Irish Folk" that reached out and simply grabbed me many years ago. Its spell has not let go. It was the first song in the sean nos that I had ever heard and I was hooked. I knew there must be more songs like that and I soon discovered the whole world of sean nos singing. It's been my musical home ever since.

David


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: GUEST,micheal o connollysean nos singer from muici
Date: 11 Jan 06 - 03:36 PM

i sang shores of lough bran for ronan burk on clare f m and thanks two u i now got another verse go raibh maith agat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: GUEST,james mcphee
Date: 28 Feb 07 - 12:34 PM

how can i listen to the shores of lough bran i kept trying every website i know but i cant seem to get it please can some one help me as soon as possible.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: GUEST,james doyle
Date: 28 Feb 07 - 12:36 PM

can can you listen to it what website is it on


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: GUEST,Brigid Donnely
Date: 10 Apr 07 - 09:31 PM

David,

The person singing "The Shores of Lough Bran" on "A Feast of Irish folk" (where I also first heard it) was Dolores Keane when she was still with De Dannan.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: GUEST,jlinne
Date: 31 Jul 07 - 12:25 PM

Delores Keane recorded this song on her album of Songs of Emmigration.
Jlinne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: David Ingerson
Date: 17 Nov 07 - 07:30 PM

Hey Brigid,

A belated thanks for your information.

I'll be recording the song soon and wanted to give proper credit to my source so I googled "A Feast of Irish Folk" and "The Shores of Lough Bran" and your post above came out right at the top. It wasn't until after I clicked on it that I realized I had inadvertently stumbled on someone actually answering my own question from three years ago!

Go raibh mile maith agat!

Now all I need to do is find out who sang that other verse. Anyone out there know of anyone who sings the verse beginning "No more will I wander 'round Harknet's green hill"?

I'll return in three years and maybe the answer will be waiting for me! Isn't Mudcat incredible?

Cheers,

David


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jan 08 - 11:24 AM

Hear the song often around our way (South Leitrim) - Never heard of Harknett's Green Hill. Farnagh is the townland around most of the lake - it's about 3k north of Carrick on Shannon beside the road to Ballinamore and Drumshanbo if ye're around that neck of the woods.   

I think the person singing it on the De Danann album might be Eleanor Shanley. She comes from nearby.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: David Ingerson
Date: 05 Jan 08 - 02:28 AM

Hey guest! Thanks for that info. I transcribed the verse about Harknett's green hill over 20 years ago and I have no idea how accurately I transcribed it, or, for that matter, how geographically accurate the singer was. I'll have to see if I can find that old tape and play it again to see if it might actually have been Farnagh's green hill.

I found Lough Bran on Google maps and Farnagh is indeed just to the south of it and there appears to be a fairly substantial hill just to the east of the lough, which might just be Farnagh's green hill.

Thanks again, and I'll be sure to get myself there sometime--maybe this May when I'll be in Ireland again.

David


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SHORES OF LOUGH BRAN
From: GUEST,guest maggie
Date: 05 Jan 08 - 08:21 AM

Hi,
I learned this version in the early 70s from a compilation LP, I'm fairly sure it was Ann Breene singing. Think Harnett is a family name?
Someone once corrected me one or two of the words I have for the third verse (second half); but I can't remember what they said - sorry!
Maggie

Sit you down loyal comrades, sit you down for a while
While I spend my last hours in Erin's Green Isle
come fill up your glasses and we'll drink hand in hand
for tomorrow I'll be leaving the shores of Lough Bran.

In the oncoming morning I'll be bidding adieu
To Leitrim, Drumshanbo and sweet Carrick too
But no matter what fortunes I may seek far away
My thoughts will be with you by night and by day.

No more will I ramble 'round Hartnett's green hills
And the place I love dearest is down by the mill
It's great fertile valley where oft times I ran
And felt the fresh breezes round the Shores of Lough Bran

There's my father and mother, you can hear them both sigh
And the tears down their pale cheeks, it would moisten your eye
But I will assist them, please God, when I can
Far away from lovely Ireland and the shores of Lough Bran.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Shores of Lough Bran
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 25 Jan 08 - 03:16 AM

This seems to be the version listed above (05 Jan 08), with some slight variations in the words. Completely different tune from the Dolores Keane version.

YouTube Shores of Lough Bran

Verse Three variant:-
Its green fertile valley where oft times I ran
To inhale the fresh breezes round the shores of Lough Bran.

Ross


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