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Lyr Add: The Banna Strand

The Fenian 29 Jan 98 - 07:53 AM
29 Jan 98 - 04:02 PM
Murray 30 Jan 98 - 03:29 AM
Bruce O. 30 Jan 98 - 02:13 PM
Bruce O. 30 Jan 98 - 03:48 PM
Jon W. 30 Jan 98 - 07:20 PM
smpc 02 Jul 09 - 12:52 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BANNA STRAND
From: The Fenian
Date: 29 Jan 98 - 07:53 AM

I heard this song on a rebel songs tape and my father says he thinks it is the Wolfe Tones. They only did three or four verses and the others I got from a songbook and a few others I got from a good friend who plays the song sometimes when we get together for a spree.

THE BANNA STRAND

'Twas on Good Friday morning all in the month of May.
A German ship was signaling beyond out in the bay:
"We have twenty thousand rifles all ready for to land."
But no answering signal did come from the lonely Banna Strand.

"No signal answers from the shore," Sir Roger sadly said.
"No comrades here to welcome me. Alas! They must be dead.
But I must do my duty and at once I mean to land."
So in a small boat pulled ashore on the lonely Banna Strand.

The German ships were lying there with rifles in galore.
Up came a British ship and spoke. No Germans reached the shore.
"You are our empire's enemy so we bid you to stand.
No German foot shall e'er pollute the lonely Banna Strand."

The R.I.C. were searching for Sir Roger high and low .
They found him at McKenna's fort. Says they, "You are our foe."
Says he, "I'm Roger Casement. I have come to my native land,
And I mean to free my countrymen on the lonely Banna Strand."

They took Sir Roger prisoner and sailed for London town,
And in the tower they laid him as a traitor to the crown.
Says he, "I am no traitor," but his trial he had to stand
For bringing German rifles to the lonely Banna Strand.

'Twas in that English prison that they lead him to his death.
"I'm dyin' for my country," he said with his last breath.
They buried him in British soil far from his native land,
And the wild waves said his requiem on the lonely Banna Strand.

They took Sir Roger home again in the year of sixty-five,
And with his comrades of sixteen in peace and tranquil lies.
His last fond wish it was fulfilled, to lie in his native land,
And the waves will roll in peace again on the lonely Banna Strand.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD!: The Banna Strand
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Date: 29 Jan 98 - 04:02 PM

What's the tune? Banks of Banna?


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD!: The Banna Strand
From: Murray
Date: 30 Jan 98 - 03:29 AM

Tune isn't "The Banks of Banna". I have heard two tunes, one of which is in James N. Healy, Irish Ballads & Songs of the Sea [Cork: Mercier, 1967], page 66 [text, p. 71, but without the last verse, which of course was composed after the translation of Casement's remains].


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD!: The Banna Strand
From: Bruce O.
Date: 30 Jan 98 - 02:13 PM

Thanks, Murray

Healy's "Lovely Banna Strand" (D mixolydian) is close to "Van Dieman's Land", in complete Petrie coll'n, #808. [Theme codes help in finding other titles for same tune.] Petrie's tune has accidentals so his tune isn't strictly D minor.

Tune "Van Dieman's Land" in DT is similar if not the same. I don't have a good ear for absolute pitch, and don't know how to covert DT's Songwrite notation to a score.


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Subject: Tune Add: LOVELY BANNA STRAND
From: Bruce O.
Date: 30 Jan 98 - 03:48 PM

Here's Healy's tune. After all my work in identifying it, I find the 2nd tune below on the same page, only a slight variant.

X:1
T:LOVELY BANNA STRAND
N:Healy's Irish Ballads and Songs of the Sea
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:D mixolydian
F/2G/2|A2dd2B|c2B AG E|A2ED2 D|(D3D)z A|\
D2EG2A|d2ce2d|c2A BA G|(A3A)z A|D2EG2A|\
d2ce2d|c2A BA G|(A3A)z (F/2G/2)|A2dd2B|\
c2B AG E|G2ED2D|D4|]

X:2
T:Van Dieman's Land
N:Healy's Irish Ballads and Songs of the Sea
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:D dorian
(F/2G/2)|A2dd2B|c2B AGE|(G2E)D2D|(D3D2)D|D2EG2A|\
{A/2}d2ce2 d/2d/2|c2A BAG|(A3A2)G/2E/2|D2EG2A|\
(d2c) e2d|(c2A) BAG|(A3A2) F/2G/2|A2d d>cB|\
c2B A>GE|A2ED2D|(D3D2)|]



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Subject: RE: LYR ADD!: The Banna Strand
From: Jon W.
Date: 30 Jan 98 - 07:20 PM

Bruce, you can use the MIDI2ABC program, available for download at the ABC homepage, to convert tunes from the DT to ABC. For the online DT, press shift and click on "Click Here To Play" and it will save it as a MIDI file, which you run through MIDI2ABC. I think I've used it to convert tunes from the downloaded DT also by extracting them from TUNES.ZIP using WinZip, but I don't remember the details.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banna Strand
From: smpc
Date: 02 Jul 09 - 12:52 PM

i have always sang this song with the introductory line being
'twas on good friday all on an april day' as easter is more likely to be in april than may?

i also sing an extra verse as the second
'a motor car was dashing through the early morning gloom
a sudden crash and in the sea they went to meet their doom
two irish men lay dying there just like their hopes so grand
they could not give the signal now from the lonely banna strand.'

in addition to this my fifth verse is
' they sailed for queenstown harbour said the germans were undone
the british have us vanquised man for man gun for gun
weve twenty thousand rifles here that never will reach the land we'll sink them all and bid farewell to the lonely banna strand.


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