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Lyr Req: When the Battle's O'er

Pukuhipi 17 May 01 - 06:32 PM
Sorcha 17 May 01 - 06:55 PM
Boab 18 May 01 - 04:21 AM
Pukuhipi 18 May 01 - 04:37 AM
GUEST,Dita (at work) 18 May 01 - 04:54 AM
GUEST,Dita (at work) 18 May 01 - 08:15 AM
GUEST,PatJoe 18 May 01 - 12:21 PM
Pukuhipi 19 May 01 - 04:20 AM
Little Robyn 18 Dec 09 - 02:57 PM
Little Robyn 19 Dec 09 - 01:46 PM
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Subject: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: Pukuhipi
Date: 17 May 01 - 06:32 PM

Hello Mudcatters I am very new to the Mudcat scene and I am very impressed. As yet I have not found the lyrics to the Highland Pipe tune "The Battle's Oe'r". I half remember somebody singing "Fight nae more my soldier laddie for there's peace where there once was war. Put your sword doon my soldier laddie, rest in peace now, the battle's oe'r" However, that is as much as I have. I would be very grateful for some assistance. Many thanks - Pukuhipi


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Subject: Lyr Add:'WhenThe Battle's Oe'r'
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 May 01 - 06:55 PM

Some returned from the fields of gory,
To their loved ones who held them dear.
But some fell in that hour of glory,
And were left to their resting there.

Chorus:
March no more, my soldier laddie,
There is peace where there once was war.
Sleep in peace my soldier laddie,
Sleep in peace, now the battle's o'er.

from: http://ingeb.org/home.html
Don't know if there is any more or not.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: Boab
Date: 18 May 01 - 04:21 AM

Could somebody confirm or refute the notion that I have that the song is actually half-inched from the Irish rebel repertoire, and originates in County Wexford? Boab


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: Pukuhipi
Date: 18 May 01 - 04:37 AM

Thank you Sorcha and Boab. I appreciate your input. As to whether the song was "appropriated" I have not got the foggiest. Cheers Pukuhipi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 18 May 01 - 04:54 AM

This song was recorded ~1961 by Andy Stewart (not Andy M.), as a follow up to his UK hit "The Scottish Soldier". He did write and adapt a lot of his own material, but I can't say for certain about this one.
love, john.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 18 May 01 - 08:15 AM

A quick check in a CD shop at lunchtime turned up the following credits

Trad. Words Stewart, Arr. McFadyen.

love, john


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BATTLE?S O?ER
From: GUEST,PatJoe
Date: 18 May 01 - 12:21 PM

THE BATTLE?S O?ER

I returned to the hills of glory
Where the green grass and flowers grow,
And the wind softly sings a story
Of the brave lads of long ago.

CHORUS: March no more, my soldier laddie.
There is peace where there once was war.
Sleep in peace, my soldier laddie.
Sleep in peace now the battle?s o?er.

In the great glen they lie a-sleeping
Where the cool waters gently flow,
And the gray mist is sadly weeping
For the great lads of long ago. (CHORUS)

See the tall grasses that are waving
As their banners did long ago
With their heads high above the graving,
Marching likely to meet their foe. (CHORUS)

Some return from the fields of glory
To their loved ones who held them dear,
But some fell in their hour of glory
And were left to their rest to be. (CHORUS)

This is what I hear being sung. Graving and the improper use of likely may be poor pronunciation or poetic license. In any case enjoy.

Pat

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: Pukuhipi
Date: 19 May 01 - 04:20 AM

Thank you PatJoe Cheers Pukuhipi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: Little Robyn
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 02:57 PM

There's another set of words to this tune and we sang it at a funeral last Tuesday.
The family had asked for a "Scottish song" and this was considered the most suitable.
It was in a key that my Northumbrian pipes can play (C which is D on my pipes) (I didn't tell them they were English pipes).
We started with a little drumming and a pipe solo, then during the singing I just played my drones and it worked very well.
I searched the net for the words and drew a blank, although mention was made on another site that someone had seen them in a book somewhere.
So here are the alternative words if anyone else wants to sing them. I have no idea who wrote them.

Fare thee well

Fare thee well, make the journey homeward,
Strong in heart, trust in life's sweet flow,
Travel on over hill and valley
To the place where you long to go.
Travel onward, make the journey,
Carry with you the things you know,
Peace and blessing go before you,
Be your guide as you homeward go.

Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'The Battle's Oe'r'
From: Little Robyn
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 01:46 PM

If you want to hear the tune, there is a midi version of pipes playing it here.
The piper seems to play the first and second parts twice but in the song it's just straight through once for each verse.
I've still got it stuck in my head!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When the Battle's O'er
From: GUEST,morandir
Date: 06 Jul 10 - 05:05 AM

I used to play the pipes in a marching pipe band. When we went on trips, 'The Battle's O'er' was a favourite song to sing. Here's the lyrics as they appear in my old pipe music book.

THE BATTLE'S O'ER
I returned to the hills of glory
Where the green grass and flowers grow,

And the wind softly sings the story

Of those brave lads of long ago.

Ch. March no more, my soldier laddie.

There is peace where there once was war.

Sleep in peace, my soldier laddie.

Sleep in peace now the battle's o'er.

In the Great Glen they lie a-sleeping

Where the cool waters gently flow,.
And the grey mist is sadly weeping.

For those brave lads of long ago.

Ch.

See the tall grasses there a-waving

As their banners of long ago.

With their heads high, set forward, braving.
Stepping lightly to meet the foe.

Ch.

Some return from the fields of glory

To their loved ones who held them dear.

But some fell in their hour of glory.

And were left to their resting here.

Ch.


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