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Lyr Req: Slan Abhaile (from Makem & Spain Brothers

GUEST,JJDOWLING 05 Jan 11 - 01:37 PM
GUEST,JJDOWLING 05 Jan 11 - 01:39 PM
Jim Carroll 06 Jan 11 - 04:34 AM
Jim Dixon 08 Jan 11 - 02:06 PM
GUEST,^&* 08 Jan 11 - 03:07 PM
Jim Dixon 12 Jan 11 - 02:44 AM
GUEST,Cathie Ryan 17 Jan 11 - 10:02 PM
GUEST,JJ Dowling 11 Mar 11 - 05:32 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: lyrics to Slan Abhaile
From: GUEST,JJDOWLING
Date: 05 Jan 11 - 01:37 PM

The lyrics to the Makem and Spain Brothers rendition of "Slan Abhaile" are different than any of the others I've found (ex. Tommy Sanda, in fact it seems to be a completely different song. I would appreciate it if someone can provide me with the lyrics and chords.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: lyrics to Slan Abhaile
From: GUEST,JJDOWLING
Date: 05 Jan 11 - 01:39 PM

I meant Tommy Sands


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Subject: Lyr Add: SLAN LIBH (Peadar Kearney/Sean Barlow)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 Jan 11 - 04:34 AM

Domnic Behan recorded it on the old Topic record, Easter week and After.
This is the text from 'The Easter Rising in Song and Ballad', by Desmond Greaves, along with some information on its composer Peadar Kearney.
Jim Carroll

SLAN LIBH
Lyric: Peadar Kearney Music: Sean Barlow

Sisters and brothers, comrades all,;
Who trod the olden road with me
Who answering a nation's call
Dear Mother Eire sworn to free
To you who carry on the fight,
My share of deathless hope I give ?
Before I pass Into the night-
Slan Libh, Slan Libh, Slan Libh,Slan Libh,

Your work allows no time for rest,
Your longest life's the merest span;
Your cause, the bravest, noblest, best,
That e'er inspired the heart of man.
Fight on! fear not! for God is just
(The tyrant too shall cease to live)
And pray for him whose bones are dust.
Chorus

Slan Libh! a simple Irish phrase
Of parting but to meet again,
Twixt comrades who thro' nights and days
For Eire's sake strove might and main;
For her dear sake, remember me.
For her dear sake my faults forgive.
God speed the fight for liberty!
Chorus

Kearney, Peadar (1883-1942), ballad-writer; born in Dublin, educated at Model School and Marino Christian Brothers' School. He worked is a messenger-boy before turning to house-painting. WILLIAM ROONEY, whose lecture on The MANCHESTER MARTYRS he had attended, wakened his national consciousness. A teacher in the Gaelic League (where his students included SEAN O'CASEY), he joined the IRB, 1903, and became a member of the Supreme Council. Keenly interested in the theatre, he worked for some time without pay at the early ABBEY THEATRE before being employed as a props man, 1910. He met PATRICK HEENEY in 1903, and four years later they collaborated on ''The Soldier's Song', for which Kearney wrote the words; the air (largely the work of Heeney) later became the NATIONAL ANTHEM. Kearney's early poetry was published in St Patrick's, edited by WILLIAM O'BRIEN. A founder-member of the Irish Volunteers, he took part in the HOWTH GUN-RUNNING (1914). He returned from an Abbey Theatre tour in England ro take part in the EASTER RISING (1916) and fought in Jacob's factory, Bishop Streer, Dublin, after which he avoided capture. A friend of MICHAEL COLLINS, he was interned at Ballykinler, Co. Down, 1920-21, during the War of Independence. apart from 'The Soldier's Song' his best-known ballads are 'The Tri-Coloured Ribbon', 'Down by the Glenside', and 'Whack Fol the Diddle'. BRENDAN BEHAN was his nephew.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: lyrics to Slan Abhaile
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 02:06 PM

Are we sure this is the song the requestor wanted?

I haven't heard the recording by the Makem Brothers & Spain Brothers. Allmusic.com says it's on the album "Like Others Did Before Us" (Red Biddy 2006), but it doesn't provide a sample. I listed to samples of a couple of other recordings called SLÁN ABHAILE by other artists, and the lyrics are nothing like those posted above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: lyrics to Slan Abhaile
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 03:07 PM

Seems unlikely it's the same song. The two Irish phrases are slightly different: "Slán libh" is equivalent to "Goodbye" , "Slán abhaile" is nearer to "Safe home!".

Interesting that Kearney used "Éire" rather than "Erin", at that time - unless Greaves altered it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: lyrics to Slan Abhaile
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 02:44 AM

Kate Purcell sings SLÁN ABHAILE on her album "Shadows of You." It's called "traditional" but it doesn't feel like a traditional Irish song to me; it feels more like country-western.

Cathie Ryan sings the same song on the album "Cathie Ryan" (1997) but there it is credited to Dermot Henry.

Two samples at Allmusic.com yielded these words:

...The sun is down.
The moon is blue.
I faintly know
I'm missing you.
But(?) time will heal
This heart-felt pain
As soon as I
See you again
Slán abhaile [followed by some more Irish words I can't transcribe]...


Tommy Sands has a song by the same title on his album "To Shorten the Winter: An Irish Christmas with Tommy Sands." It's credited to Dermot Henry and Tommy Sands, but it doesn't sound like the same song as the one above:

...And in the darkness of the troubled time,
When lonely hearts were grievin',
It was comfort to a troubled mind,
Your songs of love and freedom.
Only love can let me set you free.
It knows no rhyme nor [reason?]...


Ratty Shoes also perform a song called SLAN ABHAILE on their album "Blackthorn" (2001) but I have no sample, lyrics, or attribution, so I can't say whether it's the same song as either of the above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Slan Abhaile
From: GUEST,Cathie Ryan
Date: 17 Jan 11 - 10:02 PM

I recorded the song Slan Abhaile by Dermot Henry in 1996. The lyric that JIm Dixon references is very like Dermot's. It is not entirely correct, but close. Sadly, Kate Purcell didn't credit Dermot when she recorded it. Dermot Henry deserves credit for the song he wrote - it has been one of the most requested songs I have sung since 1996.   The lyrics to his song, Slan Abhaile, begin:
The sun is down
The moon is blue
I think they know I'm missing you
But time will heal this heart felt pain
As soon as i see you again.
etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Slan Abhaile (from Makem & Spain Brothers
From: GUEST,JJ Dowling
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 05:32 PM

I haven't been abvle to get back to the forum since I posted the request. The song I'm refering to is none of those mentioned. It is a song of farewell and the chorus goes.
"And may the sun shine warm upon you
   I'm bound for home,
   Slan Abhaile."

I've looked everywhere on the net and have only come up with the songs that you mention. Maybe it is an original Spain and Makem Brothers song. If so, I wonder why they would name it the same as those more famous songs.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SLAN ABHAILE (from Makem & Spain Brothers
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jun 11 - 06:47 PM

These are the lyrics to the Makem and Spain brothers version of Slan Abhaile.

SLAN ABHAILE

There was a time to roam and wander
And a town to rise and leave
And a girl I often wonder
If she'd still be waiting somewhere there for me

And may the sun shine warm upon ya
I'm bound for home slan abhaile

I'll walk the streets where I've been living
Another time before the dawn
And thank my friends for all they've given
But when the cock crows in the morning I'll be gone

And may the sun shine warm upon ya
I'm bound for home slan abhaile

Our night is done the bars are closing
And the toasts have all been made
All but one which I have chosen
And I've saved for now when all the bills are payed

And may the sun shine warm upon ya
I'm bound for home slan abhaile

There was a time to roam and wander
And a town to rise and leave
And a girl I often wonder
If she'd still be waiting somewhere there for me

And may the sun shine warm upon ya
I'm bound for home slan abhaile


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