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Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)

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GUEST,robndarcy@hotmail.com 25 Apr 00 - 02:38 AM
Rob the Ranter 25 Apr 00 - 03:28 AM
Malcolm Douglas 25 Apr 00 - 01:22 PM
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Subject: The reivers gally
From: GUEST,robndarcy@hotmail.com
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 02:38 AM

This gorgeous song appears on one of The Corries Live from Scotland albums. My copy is on tape and is so old and muffled I cannot make out all of the lyrics.

Thankyou R


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The reivers gally
From: Rob the Ranter
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 03:28 AM

The Rievers Galley

I thought it might help to have some of the lyrics (dis- jointed though they may be) to jog some memories

Sail She swiftly from the harbour Fa la le ho fa la la lee through the storm winds she lays her coursing Fa la le ho fa la la lee

Scars of battle are on her timbers grain and cattle for hungry hoards

no dreams of war now those days are over Fa la le ho fa la la lee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The reivers gally
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 01:22 PM

Can't help directly, but I can tell you that it's in The Corries Songbook Volume 1, which you can find out more about at Gavin Browne's Corries site: http://www.corries.com/home1.htm

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The reivers gally
From: GUEST,Jcushnan@home.com
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 09:35 PM

Re: Reivers Galley;

I also have a old recording of this song but I am pretty sure of about 90% of the words. I filled in some that made sense.

Sails she swiftly from the harbour


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The reivers gally
From: GUEST,Jcushnan@home.com
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 09:44 PM

Re: Reivers Galley;

I also have a old recording of this song but I am pretty sure of about 90% of the words. I filled in some that made sense.

Sails she swiftly from the harbour
Fal de re ho etc
Like a lone gull before the storm winds
Fal de re ho etc.
Kismaels' galley goes a reiving
Sails she swiftly to Isla's shore
To isles of daring and deeds and laughter
Fal de re ho - Fal de re

Through the moonlight she lays her coursing
Fale de re etc
Far beneath her the grey blue limplets
Fal de re etc
Spoils of glory is her venture
Deeds of glory in brightest dawn
On through Moorla to fair green Isla
Fal de re ho etc

Turns she homeward through dancing sunlight
Fal de re etc
From soft green southland to northern darnight
Fal de re ho etc
Scars of battle are on her timbers
Grain and cattle for hungry homes
Hardy winter stole her boyhood
Fal de re ho etc

Now the harpist weaves his story
Fal de re ho etc
To mention heroes of former glory
Fal de re ho etc
Kismael's galley is safely home now
Sleeps she gently like a swan
No dreams of war now her wings are folded
Fal de re ho fal de re.

As i said some of these words may not be correct, hope someone will supply the proper text.

Good luck


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The reivers gally
From: wildlone
Date: 26 Apr 00 - 01:38 PM

In an aside to this thread I read that the Laird of Kishmuls castle has leased it to the Scottish heritage for I pound and a bottle of whiskey per year for 999 years.
The castle is on Bara, home of the Mc Neils.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The reivers gally
From: GUEST,drunkthistle
Date: 21 Nov 05 - 04:16 PM

some corrections to stanza 2 above: line 2 should read 'limpets', line 4 'deeds of valour', and line 5 'Muladh', which is the Gaelic name of the Hebridean island of Mull, the other island referred to is 'Islay'-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The reivers gally
From: Charmion
Date: 21 Nov 05 - 05:02 PM

The song you're discussing here appears as "Kishmul's Galley" in the first volume of "Songs of the Hebrides" by Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser (published circa 1905). Kenneth MacKellar recorded it about 1960 for "Songs of the Hebrides", an album of Kennedy-Fraser songs with commentary delivered over a background of surf-and-gulls noises.

The Kennedy-Fraser arrangement thunders like Wagner, but it's a thrilling ride when both vocalist and accompanist are equal to the considerable demands of this noble song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Riever's Galley (from The Corries)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Nov 05 - 11:52 PM

See the thread Help: Who was Kishmul? Also, you can follow links from there to other related threads.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: Lighter
Date: 23 Nov 05 - 09:49 AM

Charmion, are you certain that this song is the one Kennedy-Fraser calls "Kishmul's Galley"? I don't have access to Songs of the Hebrides, but my imperfect recollection is that "K.G." was a different song.

At any rate, Flora MacNeill sang a perfectly lovely Gaelic version of "K.G." on the old Caedmon recording, "Sailors and Serving Maids."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: GUEST,Jim I
Date: 23 Nov 05 - 03:17 PM

I agree Lighter.

The song I remember as Kishmuil's Galley, also from the singing of the Corries, is as follows

Kishmuils Galley
High upon the Ben Achie
On this day of days
Seaward I gaze
Watching Kishmuil's galley sailing

Chorus:   
Ahee, ahuo, Valee ahuo

Homeward she bravely battles
'Gainst the hurtling waves
Nor hoop nor yards,
Anchor, cable, nor tackle has she.

Bravely, 'gainst wind and tide
They bring her to
'Neath Kishmuils walls
Kishmuil's castle of ancient glory

Here's red wine and feast for heroes
And harping too.
Hyree, Hyroo
Sweet harping for our gallant Kishmuil

Jim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Nov 05 - 04:08 PM

This song was sung widely and frequently in the early 1960s by Archie and Ray Fisher - I'm fairly sure that's where the Corries got both their words and arrangement.

Jack Beck


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: Lighter
Date: 23 Nov 05 - 05:59 PM

That's it. Flora MacNeill's song is pretty much the same idea, but her melody differs from that in Songs of the Hebrides.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE REIVER'S GALLEY (from The Corries)
From: GUEST,Curuedhel
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 07:44 AM

Just in case anyone is still looking for this, here's the proper lyrics (as per the Live from Scotland album)

Sails she swiftly from the harbour
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
Like a lone gull before the storm winds
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
Kismuils' galley goes a-reiving
Sails she swiftly to Isla's shore
To isles of daring o' deeds and laughter
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee

Through the moonlight she lays her coursing
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
Far beneath her the grey-blue limpets
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
Spoils of glory is her venture
Deeds of valour in brightest dawn
On through Mulla to fair green Isla
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee

Turns she homeward through dancing sunlight
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
From soft green southland to northern dark night
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
Scars of battle are on her timbers
Grain and cattle for hungry homes
Hardy winter's toll avoided
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee

Now the harpist weaves his story
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
Laments the heroes of former glory
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
Kismuil's galley safely home now
Sleeps she softly like a swan
No dreams of war now her wings are folded
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 09:36 PM

Jut to mention that the words of the penultimate verse are " Hardy winters tole avoided "


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jun 11 - 10:49 PM

Does anyone know the guitar chords for The Corries' version?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 06:41 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: it'smagic
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 07:46 PM

The song in question is The Reivers Galley. Kismul's Gallety is another song, even if they both have Kismul in them and both were sung by the Corries. Reivers Galley was written by Roy Williamson of the Corries, so it's not traditional. It may be one day, though, as a lot of Scottish artists now sing it. Thanks for the complete lyrics, GUEST from 2007. I had just about memorized them but never gotten around to writing them down. I like this song quite a lot. Roy played it on his combolin and he matched the timing of his voice, the instrument and the ship's sailing movement so well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 04:02 AM

"Does anyone know the guitar chords for The Corries' version?"

G
Sails she swiftly from the harbour
         D       G
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee

Like a lone gull before the storm winds
         D       G
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee
         Em            G
Kismuils' galley goes a-reiving
         Em         G      D   
Sails she swiftly to Isla's shore
            G
To isles of daring o' deeds and laughter
         D       G
Fa-la-lee-ho fa-la-lee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Reiver's Galley (from The Corries)
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 04:07 AM

Sorry when posted the chords moved to the left slightly ;-)

D is played on the ho
G is played on the lee
Em on ne the galley and swiftly
G on the reiving and Isla's and daring
And obviously D on the shore


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