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Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte

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BONAPARTE
BONAPARTE'S RETREAT
BONAPARTE'S RETREAT
DONE WITH BONAPARTE
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
THE DREAM OF NAPOLEON
THE GRAND CONVERSATION OF NAPOLEON


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John in Brisbane 08 Oct 99 - 09:26 AM
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NSC 02 Apr 01 - 05:41 PM
MartinRyan 02 Apr 01 - 06:04 PM
Jon Freeman 02 Apr 01 - 07:26 PM
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Subject: Tune Add: NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 09:26 AM

This tune is missing from the DT. Regards, John

MIDI file: napoleon.mid

Timebase: 120

TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Key: G
Tempo: 120 (500000 microsec/crotchet)
Name: NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

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G2D2B,2D2|D2G4AB|A3GF3G|G6||


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Subject: Lyr Add: NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
From: GUEST,Shantyman
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 03:29 PM

This song is in the database, but the last verse is missing. Also, I think the verses are six lines, not four. I transcribed this from a tape of unknown origin.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

My name's Napoleon Bonaparte, I'm the conqueror of all nations,
I've banished German legions and sent Kings from their thrones.
I've banished Dukes and Earls and splendid congregations
But now I am transported to St Helena's shore.

My golden eagles were torn down by Wellington's allied armies,
O'er Russian hills through frost and snow I still my laurels wore.
But I severely felt the rod through meddling with the house of God,
Coin and golden images in thousands down I tore.
I stole Malta's Golden Gates I did the works of God disgrace,
But if he'll give me time and place to him back I will restore.

For my name's Napoleon Bonaparte, I'm the conqueror of all nations,
I've banished German legions and sent Kings from their thrones.
I've banished Dukes and Earls and splendid congregations
Some say the cause of my downfall was the parting of my consort,
but to wed the German's daughter it grieved my heart full sore.
But the female frame I ne'er shall blame for she ne'er did me ashame
And she saw me in battle flame and she did me adore.
Now I'm on the desert isle, where the rats the devil they would afright
But I hope to shine in armour bright through Europe once more

For my name's Napoleon Bonaparte, I'm the conqueror of all nations,
I've banished German legions and sent Kings from their thrones.
I've banished Dukes and Earls and splendid congregations
But now I am transported to St Helena's shore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 05:11 PM

Lots of versions and lots of verses to that one!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Roll&Go-C
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 05:12 PM

Thanks for posting this. Makes a nice companion piece to "Bony on the Isle of St. Helena" collected by Frank Warner.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: NSC
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 05:41 PM

Shantyman,

Where did you get this song which is virtually eword for word with the version I have.?

I collected it in Bangor, north Wales


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 06:04 PM

NSC

Same thought struck me - Mike Donohue's version?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 07:26 PM

The version in the DT says it was collected in Bangor, North Wales from Tommy Flynn. Tommy Flynn was before my time of going to the Bangor sessions ?the days of the Ship Launch? but the version I remember from the Bangor sessions always had the "Rats the devils..." in it and a few people would sometimes raise their glass to Tommy Flynn after singing it - I wonder if the dt version is an accurate transcription of what he sang.

Mike Donahue, if he is who I'm thinking of, again before my time in Bangor, is a possibility. Amanda once gave me a recording, I'm not sure if I still have it.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 08:39 PM

Aren't these verses part of a longer song called, I think, 'Napoleon's Farewell to Paris'?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 03:56 AM

bigJ

Yes

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 06:46 AM

Here's a broadsheet version of the Farewell.

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: NAPOLEON'S FAREWELL TO PARIS
From: GUEST,Frank Harte
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 06:46 PM

NAPOLEON'S FAREWELL TO PARIS.

Farewell you splendid citadel, metropolis called Paris,
Where Phoebus every morning shoots forth refulgent beams,
Where Flora's bright aurora is advancing from the orient,
With fragrant light adorning the clear shining streams.
At eve when Centaur does retire to where the ocean gilds like fire,
And the universe stands to admire her merchandise and store,
Commanding Flora's fragrance the fertile fields to decorate,
And to illuminate the royal Corsican again upon the French shore.

My name is Napoleon Bonaparte I'm the conqueror of all nations,
I have banished German legions and sent Kings from their throne,
I have banished Dukes and Earls and splendid congregations,
But now they have transported me to Saint Helena's shore.
Like Hannibal I crossed the Alps, the burning sands and the rocky cliffs,
Over Russia's hills through frost and snow I still the laurels wore,
Now I'm on this desert island where the rats the devil they would affright.
Still I hope to shine in armour bright throughout Europe's land once more.

Some say the cause of my downfall was the parting with my consort,
To wed the German's daughter which grieved my heart full sore,
But the female train I n'eer shall blame for they did never me defame,
When they saw my sword in battle flame they then did me adore.
But I severely felt the rod for meddling with the house of God,
Icons and golden images in thousands down I tore,
I then stole Malta's golden gate, I did the works of God disgrace,
But if he grants me time and place back to him I'll them restore.

Well I'm in the allied yoke but with fire and sword I made them smoke,
I have conquered Dutch and Danes and I surprised the Grand Signeur,
I defeated Austrians and Russians, both Portuguese and Prussians,
Like the great King Alexander or proud Caesar of yore.
But my golden eagles were torn down by Wellington's allied armies,
And my troops all in disorder could no longer stand the field,
I was sold that very afternoon all on the eighteenth day of June,
Through lack of reinforcements I was forced then for to yield.

Exiled off the coast of Africa out in the Atlantic ocean,
For to view the wild commotion and the flowing of the tide,
Banished from the royal court of imperial promotion,
From the French throne of glory for to watch the billows glide.
For full three days I stood the plain my freedom's course for to maintain,
Many thousands there I did leave slain and covered in their gore,
I never fled without revenge nor to the allied armies cringed,
But now my sword is sheathed and Paris is no more.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ISLE OF SAINT HELENA
From: GUEST,Frank Harte
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 06:53 PM

I saw where somebody else was looking for the words of The Isle of Saint Helena. I enclose them below, and Martin if you can tewll me how to arrange these songs in verse form then I can avoid the verses being printed out simply as continuous text.

Slan........Frank

ISLE OF SAINT HELENA.

Now Boney's away from his warring and fighting,
He has gone to a place, where there is naught can delight him,
He may sit there and dwell, on the glories he has seen oh,
While forlorn he will mourn, on the Isle of Saint Helena.

No more in Saint Cloud, will he appear in great splendour,
Nor come forth from the crowd, like the great Alexander,
He may look toward the East, while he thinks upon Lucana,
While his heart is full of woe, on the Isle of Saint Helena.

Now the wild rushing waves, round the shore they are washing,
And the white billows heave, on the rocks they are crashing,
He may look o'er the main, from the great Mount Diana,
But his eyes are on the waves, that surround Saint Helena.

Louisa she weeps, for her husband departed,
And she dreams while she sleeps, and awakes broken-hearted,
Not a friend to console her, in the past there were so many,
Now alone she does mourn, when she thinks on Saint Helena.

Now Boney he is laid in his cold grave a sleeping,
While Louise and her son, sad with grief they are weeping,
It's surrounded with trees called the fair weeping willow,
But they mourn when they think on the Isle of Saint Helena.

All you that have great wealth, then beware of ambition,
For its some shift fate, could soon change your condition,
And be steadfast in time, what's to come change you cannot,
Maybe your race could end, on the Isle of Saint Helena.

Oh you parliaments of England, and you Holy Alliance,
On a prisoner of war, you can now hurl defiance,
For all your base intrigue, you never could demean him,
And you exiled him to die, on the Isle of Saint Helena.

Now Boney's away from his warring and fighting,
He has gone to a place, where there is naught can delight him,
He may sit there and dwell, on the glories he has seen oh,
While forlorn he will mourn, on the Isle of Saint Helena.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 08:50 PM

Hey Frank, what about that CD of Napoleonic songs? Last time we spoke you were waiting for Donal to get some time!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 03:52 AM

Frank

Good to hear from you - you been hiding this last few months?

The Mudcat elves will probably fix the layout in the above two songs for you - I'll drop you a note on how its done.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Roll&Go-C
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 09:00 AM

Thanks, Frank, for "Bony on the Isle of St. Heleana; I do have the words Frank Warner collected, which are also in the DT, and some other variations but you've included at least two different verses.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 09:37 AM

Thanks Frank, I'd never seen or even heard of the "longer song".

BTW, if you ever do find the format of a post goes wrong, you can always put a post in the help forum and one of us will fix it (otherwise, you have to wait until one of us happens to read the thread).

I should also mention the FAQ which seems to get ignored. It does cover using line breaks to post songs to the forum.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MMario
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 09:43 AM

tunes? if you have the dots and no idea how to post the tune, you can scan and e-mail to me. (lpola@edutech.org) and I'll post them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 09:53 AM

When Frank's Napoleonic CD comes out - BUY IT! No arguments, shilly-shallying, equivocation, ifs, buts or maybes...

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Frank Harte.
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:36 AM

I must thank somebody for putting the verses together of my last submission on the two Napoleon songs.

Further to your querie regerding the CD that has been long in the making....As I write the manufacturers are pressing the double Cd of Napoleonic songs with booklet included, it should be out either this weekend or early next week. It is called ' My Name Is Napoleon Bonaparte ' and is set out in much the same format as the Cd on the 1798 Rebellion which Donal Lunny and myself made two years ago. There are twentw six songs on the two CD's all relating to Napoleon and his time, thirteen of them are accompanied by Donal. However I must make it clear that these CD's carry a health warning...THEY ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED....only the brave you are used to staying up all night at a session or who have served thgeir time sleeping in damp beds should even consider purchasing this item.

Isle of Saint Helena The Nightingale. Bonny Light Horseman. Sweet Laurel Hill. My Son Tim. Napoleon's Farewell to Paris. Kings Shillingg. Bonny Bunch Of Roses. The Eighteenth of June. Grand Conversation On Napoleon. Lonely Waterloo. Green Linnet. Wounded Hussar.

Mantle of Green. The Love Token. My Love At Waterloo. The Armagh Volunteer. Plains of Waterloo. Dearthairin O Mo Chroi. Napoleon's Lamentation. Welcome Napoleon To Erin. Granuaile. You Sons Of Old Ireland. Napoleon Bonaparte. Whiskey In The Jar. The Saxon's Shilling.

So there you have it, Napoleon has at long last almost escaped from the Isle of Saint Patrick. I disclaim any injury or marital discord that may be caused by listening to this record over a long period of time....however Donal Lunny's accompaniments are worth listening to for anyone who wishes to learn how not to interfere with the story a song has to tell.

Slan..........Frank harte


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 12:47 PM

Great News, Frank - I look forward to many launches!

Regards

p.s. And little fear of marital discord - have you heard Josephine is soon to make an honest man of me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Frank Harte.
Date: 05 Apr 01 - 06:37 PM

Martin,

I knew Josephine was talented, but to make an honest man of you.........now that's asking a bit much isn't it.???

I gather that Napoleon Bonaparte will not escape now until about the 20th.of April due to printing delays.

Slan.........Frank


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 06 Apr 01 - 03:48 AM

"printing delays"? They couldn't find a truck large enough for the inserts!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 18 May 01 - 07:43 AM

Click here for an article on Frank Harte's Napoleon project.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: Fergie
Date: 18 May 01 - 09:44 PM

Frank Harte and Donal Lunny have released a double CD entitled "My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte" it is absolutly first class. I was in the Goilín Club in Dublin tonight (as was Frank and fellow Mudcatter Martin Ryan)for the launch and we had a fantastic night. Beg, borrow or steal this CD it is the definitive collection of Napoleonic songs associated with Ireland. It is splendid stuff, don't miss it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 May 01 - 07:42 AM

Fergie

That was a good night alright! I arrived too late to hear Frank, unfortunately. What's more, all the CD's were gone by then - so I still haven't heard the damn thing!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 May 01 - 11:21 AM

BTW

I was'nt far off the mark with my guess about needing a truck to move the booklets (Apr. 6 above. Apparently the first printing of the inserts was too thick to fit the CD cases!

So, for £16 or so you get 2 CD's, the words of 26 songs and copious notes - plus a magnificent picture of Napoleon on the front! Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 07:05 AM

Finally got to hear the CD's over the weekend, and to do some weight training with the booklet! Both are, as expected, magnificent. Frank in a more reflective, laid back mood than is sometimes the case live - and none the worse for that. Buy it!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 12:45 PM

Is there somewhere/someone I can send money too and CD sent to me ??????? In Canada, but I can do a cheque on a UK bank. JohnB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 10:37 PM

You can get it from CAMSCO. Fine double CD. And if you haven't gotten it yet, Frank's CD "1798" is also well worth listening to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 05:00 AM

Dick

I was hoping you'd chime in alright...!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Dick Holdstock
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 03:32 PM

Great to here others like this theme. I have recorded several of these Napoleonic songs with Allan Macleod, in cluding Naploeons Farewell to Paris. The words I used came from "Later British Broadside Ballads" By Holloway and Black page 200. The book contains an excellent selection of Napoleon Ballads.

These pro Napoleon British Isles Ballads were mostly written after the death of Napoleon and were in my opinion part of the whole movement for reform. I am about halfway through completing a book based on my collection of broadside ballads of reform from 1765 to 1865. I have been working on it for more than 10 years and who knows how long it will take to get it finished.

Dick Holdstock


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,The Iron Duke.
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 06:44 PM

Dick,

With the greatest respect, could you possibly refer to the pro Napoleon ballads of Britain and Ireland.....rather than the anachronistic title of 'The British Isles.'

Arthur.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: Snuffy
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 07:05 PM

'Britain and Ireland' is ambiguous - is it meant as a geographical or a political term? Great Britain and Ireland are the two biggest islands, but this excludes Anglesey, Wight, Hebrides, Orkneys, Shetlands etc.

'The British Isles' is a geographical expression and refers to all of them. BTW they are British Isles because the Britons were there before the Anglo-Saxons.

If you don't like 'The British Isles', you'd probably be best with 'UK and Ireland'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,The Iron Duke
Date: 08 Jun 01 - 07:17 PM

Snuffy,

The 'UK and Ireland' will do very nicely thank you. So Dick maybe you might consider altering the discription to, the pro Napoleon ballads of the 'UK and Ireland.'

Thank you.........Arthur.


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Subject: RE: Lyr & tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,John Moulden
Date: 05 Nov 11 - 03:58 PM

I found this thread looking for versions of the song but cannot forbear from correcting - politely - the last few statements.

The two larger islands of what is often now, as a whole, known as the Atlantic Archipelago are Great Britain (which includes England, Wales and Scotland) and Ireland. The UK and Ireland will not do, because Northern Ireland, a part of the island of Ireland, is part of the UK. These are political as well as peographical facts, however much any of us may disapprove of them and hope that they may soon be changed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 26 Oct 12 - 04:19 AM

Just came across a Youtube video of Frank Harte, in his prime, singing another of the Napoleonic ballads:

Click here

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: NAPOLEON'S FAREWELL TO PARIS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jan 13 - 01:32 AM

From a story (which seems to be part of a serialized novel) "The Diurnal Revolutions of Davie Diddledoft, Chapter 8" by "Sir Tickelem Tender, Bart." in The London Magazine, Charivari, and Courrier Des Dames, Vol. 2, No. 8 (London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., September, 1840), page 75:

[There are some odd spellings here, which I suppose are meant to denote Irish dialectical pronunciation.]


NAPOLEON'S FAREWELL TO PARIS.

Farewell, you splendid citadel metropolis called Paris,
    Where Phoebus every morning shoots forth refulgent beams,
Where Flora's bright Aurora, advancing from the Orient,
    With radiant light adorning the pure shining streams;
At eve when Centaur does retire, and while the ocean gilds like fire,
    And all the universe admire our marchandize and store;
Commanding Flora's fragrance the fertile fields to decorate,
    To light that royal Corsican again on the French shore!

My name's Napoleon Bonaparte, the conqueror of nations,
    I've banished Garman legions, and draw kings from their throne,
I've trampled dukes and earls and splindid congregations,
    Tho' now I am conveyed to St. Helena all alone!
Like Hannibal I've crossed the Alps, the burning sands and rocky cliffs,
    O'er Russian hills, through frost and snow, I still the laurel wore:
I'm in a desert island where the rats the devil would affright,
    Yet hope to shine in armour bright through Europe once-a more!

Some say the first of my downfall, was parting from my consort,
    To wed the Garman's daughter, och! her heart it wounded sore,
But the female train I ne'er will blame, for she did never me defame;
    They saw my swoord in battle flame, and did—a me adore;
It's now I keenly feel the rod, for meddling with the house of God;
    Its coin and goolden images by thousands off I tore;
I stole ould Malta's goolden gates, I did the work of God disgrace,
    But if he gives me time and place, to him I'll back restore!

My goolden aigles were pulled down by Wellington's allied army,
    My troops all in disorder could no longer stand the field;
I was sould that afternoon, on the 18th day of June,
    My reinforcement traitors proved, which caused me to yield;
It's I'm an allied oak, with fire and swoord I made them smoke.
    I have conquered Dutch and Danes, and surprised the Grand Signor!
Licked Austrians and Russians, both Portuguese and Prussians,
    Like Joshua, Alexander, or Caesar of yore!

And to the south of Africa and the Atlantic Ocean,
    To view the wild emotion, and Sowings of the tide;
I'm banished from the royal crown's imparial promotion,
    From the French throne of glory, to see those billows glide;
Three days I stood the plain, freedom's cause for to maintain,
    And thousands I left slain and covered in their gore,
Never fled without revinge, nor to the allied army cringed,
    But now my sword is sheathed and poor Paris is no more!


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Subject: Lyr Add: NAPOLEON AT THE ISLE OF ST. HELENA
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jan 13 - 01:56 AM

From a story "Two Friends from Texas" in All the Year Round, No. 109 ( London: Charles Dickens), Saturday, May 25, 1861, page 208


NAPOLEON AT THE ISLE OF ST. HELENA.

Bonaparte's returned from the wars of all fighting.
He has gone to a place which he'll never take delight in.
He may sit there and tell of the scenes that he has seen, O,
With his heart so full of woe, on the Isle of Saint Helena.

Louisa she mourns for her husband who's departed.
She dreams when she sleeps, and she wakes broken-hearted,
Not a friend to console her, even though he might be with her,
But she mourns when she thinks of the Isle of Saint Helena.

No more in Saint Cloud shall he walk in such splendour,
Or go on in crowds like the great Sir Alexander.
The young King of Rome and the Prince of Guiana
Says he'll bring his father home from the Isle of Saint Helena.

MORIAL.

All ye who have wealth, pray beware of ambition,
Or some decree of Fate may soon change your condition.
Be ye steadfast and true, for what's to come ye can tell ne'er.
Perhaps ye may end your days on the Isle of Saint Helena.

The rude rushing waves all round the shore are washing.
The great billows heave against the wild rocks dashing.
He may look to the moon, of the great Mount Diana,
But his eyes are on the waves that surround Saint Helena.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 06 Jan 13 - 07:07 AM

The version of Napoleon's Farewell To Paris seems to be the same as the broadside versions. The Roud index lists 91 entries for the song (#1626). You can find a dozen or so copies at the Bodleian, here's a typical one: Napoleon's Farewell To Paris - Harding B11(2602).

Napoleon on the Isle of St Helena has 112 entries in the Roud index (#349) under a whole variety of titles (Bonaparte's Retreat/Boneparte at(on)(in) St Helena/Napoleon/Island of St Helena and more). Here's a broadside example at the Bodleian: Napoleon on the Isle of St Helena - Harding B19(130). (I haven't chased up all the titles there!).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 06 Jan 13 - 09:43 AM

Nice finds regardless.

Frank Harte recorded an entire collection of Napoleon ballads some years ago.

I can recall being mesmerized in the distant past by Dolores Keane's beautifully sung "The Green Linnet" on the Chieftains' "Bonaparte's Retreat" album. No wonder it gave its name to a record company.

"The Grand Conversation of Napoleon" also appeals to me.

Its final stanza seems to allude to the Crimean War, making it perhaps the very last of the Napoleon songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Squeezer
Date: 27 Jan 13 - 08:58 PM

Like Jon Freeman (2 Apr 01) my friend Dave Byrne also learned the song from Tommy Flynn of Bangor in the mid-60s, but the version he sings is slightly different in verse arrangement from any posted here so far. In his version the first four lines are repeated as a chorus.


My name's Napoleon Bonaparte, I'm the conqueror of all nations,
I've vanquished German legions, I've sent kings from their thrones,
I've banished dukes and earls and splendid congregations
but now I am transported to St Helena's shore.

My golden eagles were torn down by Wellington's allied armies -
o'er Russian hills through frost and snow I still my laurels wore,
but I severly felt the rod through meddling with the house of God -
coin and golden images in thousands down I tore,
and I stole Malta's golden gates and did the works of God disgrace
but if he'll give me time and place back to Him I will restore.

Some say the cause of my downfall was the parting of my consort;
to wed the German's daughter it grieved my heart full sore,
but the female frame I'll ne'er disdain for she did never me ashame
and she saw me in battle-flame and she did me adore:
now I'm on a desert isle where the rats the devil they would afright
but I hope to shine in armour bright through Europe once more.


It has a magnificent tune which is perfect for singing in harmony in a singaround and which should really be in the DT.

Although I've always admired the sing I felt as well that it was rather short and probably garbled, which turns out to be the case. I think I might work out a longer version using some of the lines from Napoleon's Farewell to Paris.

Incidentally, the tune in the DT for Boney on the Isle of St Helena is very different from the lovely melody which usually goes with this song. Can anyone supply that as well?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: GUEST,SteveT
Date: 28 Jan 13 - 04:51 AM

The version Squeezer has above is Tommy Flynn's version. Tommy didn't sing a chorus though. He sang the song as written (although the last two lines about rats and devils is sung as if it's a separate verse rather than an ending to a longer one) but repeated the first verse which we were then all allowed to join in with (no joining in with the rest even though we all knew it by heart in those days!)

It was sung at last autumn's Bangor Morris re-union (by Dave amongst the rest of the congregation) and will, no doubt, be sung again this year at the 50 anniversary of the founding of the team.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 27 Mar 13 - 01:16 PM

For a fine rendition of "The Isle of Saint Helena", by Stuart Carolan:

Click here

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Napoleon Bonaparte
From: MartinRyan
Date: 27 Jan 14 - 09:45 AM

For a rendition of Napoleon's Farewell to Paris by Terry Timmons, a fine Dublin singer:

Click here

Regards


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