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Lyr Req: The Boys from the County Mayo

28 Jul 97 - 07:12 AM
Frank Maher fmaher@nfld.com 30 Jul 97 - 07:59 PM
Bobby O'Brien 31 Jul 97 - 04:26 AM
Brakn 11 Jun 00 - 09:25 PM
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Subject: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
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Date: 28 Jul 97 - 07:12 AM

I have been unable to find the lyrics for this song. It is about County Mayo. The first verse goes something like this.

Far away from the land of the shamrock and heather
In search of a living as exiles we roam.
But whenever we chance to assemble together,
We think of the land where we once had a home.

Thanks in advance,
Noel P Browne.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOYS FROM THE COUNTY MAYO
From: Frank Maher fmaher@nfld.com
Date: 30 Jul 97 - 07:59 PM

Here are the rest of the verses:

These homes are destroyed and our soil confiscated
The hand of the tyrant brought plunder and woe
The fires are now quenched & our hearts desolated
In our once happy homes in the County Mayo

Long years have since passed with our hearts full of sorrow
The land of the shamrock we left far behind
How we would like to go back there tomorrow
To the scenes of our youth which we still bear in mind

The days of our childhood it's now we regret them
They cling to our visions wherever we go
And the friends of our youth we will never forget them
They too are exiles from the County Mayo

Ballinrobe to Killalla, from Swinford to Balla
Newport and Cong and down Castlebar
Ballyhaunis, Ballymullet, McCaidy God love it
And the whole of whose great men are famed near and far

From Galway to Dublin from Derry to Kerry
In New York and Frisco and Boston also
In Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto
There are stouthearted men from the County Mayo

So boys get together in all kinds of weather
Don’t show the white feather wherever you go
Be like a brother and help one another
Like true hearted men from the County Mayo

That’s as close as I can come to it!
All the best,
Frank


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOYS FROM THE COUNTY MAYO
From: Bobby O'Brien
Date: 31 Jul 97 - 04:26 AM

Margo, the "girl from Donegal" recorded a different verse than the Galway to Dublin one, in her 1970 hit single of this tune:

The forth and 5th verses are:

From historic Killala, from Swinford to Ballagh,
Ballyhaunis and Westport and old Castlebar,
Kiltemagh and Claremorris, Bellmullett and Erris,
Kilkelly and Knock that's famed near and far.

Baugh, Ballina, Ballinrobe and Bahola,
Keylogues and Foxford a few miles below,
Newport and Cong, Tourmacady and Achill,
Charlestown too in the County Mayo.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 8-May-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: Brakn
Date: 11 Jun 00 - 09:25 PM

Is there is another version that mentions Michael Davitt?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: GUEST,Joerg
Date: 11 Jun 00 - 10:55 PM

Can anybody tell me what the 'White Feather' means?

Joerg


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 12 Jun 00 - 01:05 PM

Is this also the same one about Monsignor Horan dadum dum didum, (dum dum dum) County Mayo?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: Fiolar
Date: 12 Jun 00 - 01:18 PM

Two things: The original "Girl from Donegal" was Bridey Gallagher and this was practically her theme song. To show the white feather means "to show cowardice." Apparently this arose from the "sport" of cockfighting when a bird with white feathers was not regarded as a true fighting cock. The phrase came into popularity in the first World War when groups of "ladies" used to present a white feather to men who were apparently fit but did not wear uniform. Mike.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: Fiolar
Date: 12 Jun 00 - 02:40 PM

As an addition to my earlier note, check out the marvellous 1939 movie "The Four Feathers" based on the book by AEW Mason. Mike.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: MartinRyan
Date: 12 Jun 00 - 02:47 PM

Brakn

Are you thinbking of THIS ONE ?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: GUEST,Joerg
Date: 12 Jun 00 - 11:37 PM

Thank you Mike - I know 'The Four Feathers'. That's what made me wonder about their meaning all those years.

Joerg


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: Brakn
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 08:02 PM

No Martin, that's not the one. I sing the Boy's from the Co.Mayo and when I was in a pub a couple of weeks ago a guy, aged 83, sang a different version that I've never heard or seen in print.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 12:44 PM

Does anyone know the play: The Kings of the Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy?
One of the characters sings a different version of this song and I wonder, if this exists or if they changed the text by purpose. The text in the play goes like this:

Far away from the land of the shamrock and heather,
In search of a living, as exiles we roam,
But whenever we chance to assemble together,
We think of the land where we once had a home.

Has anybody heard it like this before?

Sarah


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE KILBURN HIGH ROAD (Flogging Molly)
From: Peace
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 07:54 PM

THE KILBURN HIGH ROAD
(as recorded by Flogging Molly)

Many's the day I took for granted
Breathing the air that silenced some
As the North Wind blew
With its head of thunder
Beating its breast with a war drenched song
Bathe awhile, awash in slumber
Cry what's left to sleep
Where you dream of the love you left forever
But pity no more nor grieve

For we're the kings of it all
For the day we were born
Now we're the kings of the Kilburn High
Sure we'll always take a drop and we'll never leave a sup
Your empty glass is but a tear filled eye
We were the kings of the Kilburn High

Listen to the sound of dead men dying
March as they flee but exiled bound
Their ship once sailed no longer anchors
For gone is the green
And their hallowed ground

Toast to tears of times past glories
This ageless clock chime stalls
Where to kiss the lips of that love forgotten
To fly where no others have soared

For we're the kings of it all
For the day we were born
Now we're the kings of the Kilburn High
Sure we'll always take a drop and we'll never leave a sup
Your empty glass is but a tear filled eye
We were the kings of the Kilburn High

Toast to tears of times past glories
This ageless clock chime stalls
Where to kiss the lips of that love forgotten
To fly where no others have soared

For we're the kings of it all
For the day we were born
Now we're the kings of the Kilburn High
Sure we'll always take a drop and we'll never leave a sup
Your empty glass is but a tear filled eye
We were the kings of the Kilburn High


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Boys from the County Mayo
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 08:12 AM

The lyrics posted by Peace above are the lyrics sung by the band Flogging Molly on their album "Drunken Lullabies," 2002. The song is called THE KILBURN HIGH ROAD, and the band members are credited as authors. (I suspect it's taken from an older, perhaps out-of-copyright source, though.)

Aside from the fact that the play perhaps takes its title from this song, I don't see any connection to the song that Sarah requested.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics. The boys from the County Mayo. Please
From: GUEST,Martin Kavanagh
Date: 21 Jan 07 - 03:42 PM

The fiddle player in Flogging Molly was the girlfriend of one of the actors in the original production of "The Kings of the Kilburn...", the lead singer and songwriter of the band read a copy of the script one afternoon and wrote the song as a tribute to the play.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOYS FROM THE COUNTY MAYO
From: Peace
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 12:36 AM

THE BOYS FROM THE COUNTY MAYO

Far away from the land of the Shamrock and heather
In search of a living, as exiles we roam
But whenever we chance to assemble together
We think of the land where we once had a home:
But these homes are destroyed and our soil confiscated
The hand of the tyrant brought plunder and woe;
The fires are now quenched and our hearts desolated
In our once happy homes in the County Mayo

Long years have now passed since with hearts full of sorrow
The of the Shamrock we left far behind;
But how we would like to go back there to-morrow;
To the scenes of our youth, which we still bear in mind;
The days of our childhood, it's now we recall them
They cling to our vision wherever we go;
And the friends of our youth we will never forget them
They too are exiled from the County Mayo

From historic Killala, from Swinford to Calla
Ballyhaunis and Westport and old Castlebar
Kiltimagh and Claremorris, Belmullet and Erris
Kilkelly and Knock that's famed near and far;
Balla, Ballinrobe, Ballina and Bohola
Keeloges and Foxford a few miles below
Newport and Cong with old Straide and Manulla
Charlestown too, in the County Mayo

Then on with the cause 'till our aim is accomplished
Those who would fault us are cowardly and mean
So stand in the fight 'till the tyrant is vanquished
Expelled from our Dear little Island of Green
With the foes of our land we have fought a long battle
Soon they will get their last death-dealing blow
When old Nick has received them, their brains he will rattle
For the wrongs they have done to the County Mayo

From Galway to Dublin, from Derry to Kerry
New York and 'Frisco and Boston also
In Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto
There are stout-hearted men from the County Mayo
Now Boys, stick together in all kinds of weather,
Never show the white feather wherever ye go.
Be like a brother and help one and other,
Like the true-hearted men from the County Mayo.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Boys from the County Mayo
From: GUEST,Big Tim
Date: 11 Nov 08 - 06:24 AM

Martin,

As I think you now know, the song that you gave the link to, 'Banks of the Moy', is actually an old song and couldn't have been written by anybody still alive, Seamus O'Duffy or anyone else.

I have a copy of an old ballad sheet which gives the title as 'A New Song on Davitt's Lover's Lover's Lament on His Incarceration from the Banks of the Moy', by Mary Ward. I actually visited the Davitt Museum in Mayo a few years ago and gave them a copy of the ballad sheet. Mary Ward seems to be lost to history.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Boys from the County Mayo
From: MartinRyan
Date: 11 Nov 08 - 07:18 AM

BigTim

Yep - it was just the only one about Davitt I know!

Regards


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