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The Boys Of Mullaghbawn

Betsy 04 Sep 11 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,999 05 Sep 11 - 01:55 AM
GUEST,Liberty Boy (sans cookie) 05 Sep 11 - 03:29 AM
Betsy 05 Sep 11 - 05:27 PM
GUEST,999 06 Sep 11 - 01:52 PM
GUEST,999 06 Sep 11 - 02:00 PM
Liberty Boy 07 Sep 11 - 01:02 AM
Dennis the Elder 07 Sep 11 - 06:31 AM
GUEST,999 07 Sep 11 - 06:33 AM
GUEST,mrsmac 07 Sep 11 - 08:18 AM
Liberty Boy 07 Sep 11 - 03:24 PM
Jim Carroll 08 Sep 11 - 12:55 PM
Betsy 08 Sep 11 - 03:31 PM
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Subject: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: Betsy
Date: 04 Sep 11 - 03:37 PM

A mate of mine Dave asked me a question and it was miles outside of my knowledge can anyone help ?
Dave wrote... "My Dad's late cousin Tommy Mackin told me that there are are about 4 variations of the song The Boys Of Mullaghbawn and each tells a drastically different story. The Christy Moore one is all about the local lads being deported to Australia for poaching/treason. Its the other variants of the song I'm after and the story behind them.
Tommy has sadly died and I can't find any more about them ".
I told Dave - I'll pass the matter on to the font of all knowledge in these matters ( I'm sure he doesn't know of the Mudacat) so do your best for Dave, an I shall send him the link to this message so he can monitor the replies.
Thanks in advance for all your help.

Betsy


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: GUEST,999
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 01:55 AM

from a google of   

The Boys of Mullaghbawn (traditional Irish) | Cantaria Folk Song ...

Good site btw with info about this version of the song.

On a Monday morning early
As my wand'ring steps did lead me,
Down by a farmer's station,
Of meadow and green lawn,
I heard great lamentation
That the wee birds they were makin'
Sayin' "We'll have no more engagements
With the boys of Mullaghbawn."

[additional verse from the singing of Len Graham]
I beg your pardon ladies
I ask you this one favor
I hope it is no treason
From you I now must go
I'm condoling late and early
My heart is nie for breaking
All for a noble lady
That lives near Mullaghbawn

Squire Jackson was unequaled
For honour or for reason,
He never turned a traitor
Or betrayed the rights of man,
But now we are endangered
By a vile deceiving stranger
Who has ordered deportation
For the Boys of Mullaghbawn.

As those heroes crossed the ocean
I'm told the ship in motion
Did stand in wild commotion
As if the seas ran dry,
The trout and salmon gaping
As the cuckoo left her station
Sayin', "Farewell to lovely Erin
And the hills of Mullaghbawn.

To end my lamentation
We are all in consternation
For the want of education
I here must end my song;
None cares for recreation
Since without consideration
We are sent for transportation
From the hills of Mullaghbawn.

[ALT:]
To end my lamentation
We are all in consternation
None cares for recreation
Until the day do dawn
For without hesitation
We are charged with combination
And sent for transportation
From the hills of Mullaghbawn.

Repeat first verse, but end with:
Sayin', "Farewell to lovely Erin
And the hills of Mullaghbawn.


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: GUEST,Liberty Boy (sans cookie)
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 03:29 AM

The version, with the variants, as above is the only version I know. Séamus Mac Mathúna composed some extra verses, which some people sing. The people of Mullaghbawn, Michael Ned Quinn, Patricia Flynn et al sing the version above. It was printed in Colm O Lochlainn's "Irish Street Ballads".


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: Betsy
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 05:27 PM

Thanks Liberty Boy and 999 I hope Dave is being helped .
Cheers

Betsy


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: GUEST,999
Date: 06 Sep 11 - 01:52 PM

This version is stunningly beautiful.

WOW!


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: GUEST,999
Date: 06 Sep 11 - 02:00 PM

Moore's version.


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 01:02 AM

Christy's version is better by a country mile!


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 06:31 AM

Both versions have their beauty.
I've been on youtube and listened to others also.
Great song, worth learning, not quite sure how I will sing it, apart from badly.


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 06:33 AM

Well, preferences aside, at least we can share in the recognition of a great song.


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: GUEST,mrsmac
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 08:18 AM

For rovin' or for ramblin'
For sportin' or for gamblin'
There's none could equal Francheen(?)
young Neil or gallant John
But those harsh oppressive landlords
how cruelly they have acted
they've sent our lads in transport
from the hills of Mullaghbawn

This verse was written by Seamus MacMathuna - and is sung by me


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 03:24 PM

And you're welcome to do so mrsmac!


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 08 Sep 11 - 12:55 PM

There's a fascinating 8 page chapter on the song, entitled 'The Boys of Mullabawn - Secret societies in South Armagh, Banishment to Australia' in a handy-to-have little book called 'One Green Hill' - Journeys Through Irish song' by John McLaughlin.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: The Boys Of Mullaghbawn
From: Betsy
Date: 08 Sep 11 - 03:31 PM

A big Thankyou to everyone . Dave is fascinated by the depth and variety of replies - as usual ( in my experience ) a font of all knowledge in our type of music .
I have also asked him to sign up ( and would advise others to do so ) -it isn't an long or intrusive process and no need to remember yet another PIN No. or Password and no embarrassing personal details to impart .
Many thanks thanks again - you're all so helpful and it's truly refreshing in these days of me ! me! me !. United we stand
Cheers
Betsy


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