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Lyr Req: The Walker of the Snow (Shanly, Tyrrell)

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THE WALKER OF THE SNOW


GUEST,iaincwil 20 Aug 02 - 10:07 PM
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Subject: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: GUEST,iaincwil
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 10:07 PM

anyone know where I can find the lyric's for the walker of the snow from the album shadow hunter ta iain


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 10:19 PM

You could always try typing shadow hunter or walker of the snow into the "Digitrad and Forum Search", which you will find on the main Forum page. It works.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WALKER OF THE SNOW (C D Shanly, S Tyrrell
From: michaelr
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 10:21 PM

WALKER OF THE SNOW (Sean Tyrrell)

Speed on, speed on, good master, the camp lies far away
We must cross the haunted valley before the close of day
How the snowblight came upon me I'll tell you as we go
Of the blight of the shadow hunter who walks the midnight snow

Through the cold December heavens came the pale moon and the stars
And the yellow sun was sinking behind the purple bars
The snow lay deeply drifted upon the ridges drear
That lay for miles around me and the camp for which we steer

So silent lay the hillside beside the solemn wood
No sound of life or motion to break this solitude
Save the waving of a loose bird with its plaintive note so low
The skating of a red leaf across the frozen snow

Said I, The dark is falling and far the camp must be
But my heart it would be lighter if I had but company
Then I sang and I shouted, keeping measure as I tread
To the harp twang of my snowshoes as they sprang beneath my tread

Far into that valley had I made my lonely way
When a dusky figure joined me in a capuchon of grey
Then I sprang on my snowshoes with a long and limber stride
I hailed the dusky stranger as we traveled side by side

No token of communion gave he by word or look
And a fear chill gathered over me at the crossing of the brook
For I saw by the sickly moonlight as I followed bending low
That the footsteps of the stranger left no marks upon the snow

A fear chill gathered over me, like a shroud upon me cast
As I sank upon a snowdrift where the shadow hunter passed
And the other travelers found me just before the break of day
My dark hair blanched and whitened as the snow in which I lay

They spoke not as they raised me, for they knew that in the night
I had met the shadow hunter, I had withered in his blight
Sancta Maria speed us, the sun is sinking low
Before us lies the valley of the walker of the snow


Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: GUEST,Big Mick
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 02:33 AM

Tyrrell didn't write this song, he just performed it on the "Shadow Hunter" CD. I spoke with him this weekend about it. He loved singing it and the way it came out. Sean is known for taking poems and setting them to music. Another great one is "12th of July" which he got out of the book "1000 Years of Irish Poetry".

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: michaelr
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 08:15 PM

Mick -- who wrote it then?

Michael


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 08:38 PM

Charles Dawson Shanly (1811-1875), a Canadian. The poem seems to have been first published around 1859. Info: Tracing C.D. Shanly's "The Walker of the Snow"

As I implied earlier, it has been posted here before: THE WALKER OF THE SNOW (Poem by Charles Dawson Shanly)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 08:39 PM

Michael, I believe it is based on an old poem called The Haunted Hunter. Seems like I read somewhere that the original was written by an Irish Immigrant by the name of Shanly. This is a variant, as I recall, on that. Perhaps Masato or someone else can enlight us. Or maybe PJ Curtis might pop in enlighten us.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 08:40 PM

Thanks, Malcolm. We cross posted there.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 08:56 PM

He was apparently born in Dublin, moving from there to Canada and eventually to the USA. He is sometimes credited with having written Kitty of Coleraine, though this is also attributed to Edward Lysaght.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter davey spilane
From: Barry Finn
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 09:53 PM

Shanly was born in Dublin, March 9, 1811. Died in Arlington, Florida Aug. 15 1875. Educated at Trinity College then went on to Canada to become the Assistant Secretary of the Dept. of Public Works then on to New York where he wrote regulary for the newspapers & magazines. During the 1860's he wrote children's stories & did a translation of Dr. Couret's "Wonders of the Desert".

Sean Tyrrell has quite the nack for finding amazing poetry & then marrying them remarkable well to his own tunes.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: shadow hunter Davy Spillane
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 08:35 PM

Barry, there is a book that our Philippa pointed me to, titled "1000 Years of Irish Poetry", edited by Kathleen Hoagland. It is out of print, but easily obtainable on the search lists. In it you will find quite a number of the poems that many Irish balladeers such as Tyrrell, have used. Have you ever heard Danny and Geraldine Doyle's version of "The Minstrel Boy"? The poem, "The Rebel" by Padraic Pearse, is in this wonderful volume. Want the full version of "The Night Before Larry was Stretched" so's you can point out to Shay Walker that he is missing a few verses? (If you remember, I pointed that out to him at Paddy Burkes to his dismay......hahahahahaha) It is in this book.

The book purports to represent "The Gaelic and Anglo-Irish Poets from Pagan times to the present". It was published in 1947 by The Devin-Adair Company.

Mick


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WALKER OF THE SNOW (Charles D Shanly)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 08:10 PM

THE WALKER OF THE SNOW^^^
(Poem by Charles Dawson Shanly, 1811–1875)
(music by Sean   Tyrrell)

Speed on, speed on good master, for the camp lies far away
We must cross the hunted valley before the close of day
How the snow-blight came upon me, I will tell you as we go
The blight of the shadow hunter, who walks the midnight snow

To the cold December evening came the pale moon & the stars
The yellow sun was sinking behind the purple bars
The snow was deeply drifted upon the ridges drear
That lay for miles around me & the camp for which we steered

'Twas silent on the hillside & by the solemn wood
No sound of life or motion to break the solitude
Save the wailing of the moose-bird, with it's plaintive note & low
And the skating of the red leaf upon the frozen snow

Says I though dark is falling & far the camp must be
Yet my heart it would be lightsome if I had but company
And then I sang & shouted keeping measure as I sped
To the harp-twang of the snow shoe as it sprang beneath my thread

Not far into the valley had I dipped upon my way
When a dusky figure joined me in a capuchin of grey
Bending upon the snow shoes with a long & limber stride
As I hailed the dusky stranger as we traveled side by side

But no token of communion gave me by word or look
And a fear chill fell upon me at the crossing of the brook
For I saw by the sickly moonlight as I followed bending low
That the walking of the stranger left no footmarks on the snow

Then a fear chill gathered o'er me like a shroud around me cast
As I sank into the snow drift where the shadow hunter passed
And the otter trappers found me before the break of day
With my dark hair blanched & whitened as the snow in which I lay

But they spoke not as they raised me for they knew that in the night
I had seen the shadow hunter & had withered in his blight
Sancta Maria speed us the sun is falling low
Before us lies the valley of the walker of the snow^^^


Sean used to sing this in sessions around the Boston area before he recorded it & that's how I got it. Looking at the words now, I don't sing it the same anymore, folked it up a little, sorry.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (from Davy Spillane)
From: Big Mick
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 08:30 PM

Refresh. Someone started a thread on this, but there have been any number of discussions, and no need to post the lyrics again. Please use the search function first, folks.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (from Davy Spillane)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 08:38 PM

Mick, I did & didn't find the lyrics & I believe it was me that 1st posted the lyrics that is why I not only posted them again but also used the add lyrics option so that someday they could go into the DT where it would easliy available for other like myself who have a difficult time navagating some of the not so ancient threads.
Who you kindly undelete the deleted post pleas.

Thanks
Barry

I haven't seen Shay in 5 yrs now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (from Davy Spillane)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 08:41 PM

It seems as if my older post on this has gone by the boards too.
I linked in the deleted post to both Shanly & Tyrrell.
Forget it, delete as you see fit

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (from Davy Spillane)
From: Big Mick
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 09:07 PM

Here is Barry's first post on the subject from 1997. If Barry, or anyone interested, simply types "Walker of the Snow" or "Shadow Hunter" into the search engine, which someone who has been around as long as Barry knows, then they will find these threads. I have looked them up four times in the last 20 minutes. There are a number of them. Nothing personal, but it is an easy matter, and from an administrative standpoint there is no need to continue to post the same lyrics over and over. Sorry your feelings were hurt, but nothing personal intended.

Mick the moderator


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (from Davy Spillane)
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 09:09 PM

You posted it here Barry, and its in the DT here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (from Davy Spillane)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 10:19 PM

Why then when I search I can't find those & I can't find anything that I search that's been posted in the past 2 yrs?

Thanks for the flood

Barry
    Hi, Barry - the search depends on an index, but we haven't been able to update the index since we had a crash in the summer of 2005. So, the search works fine on the Digital Tradition and on messages before 2005, but not after. Max has been working on the search problem the last several weeks.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walker of the Snow (from Davy Spillane)
From: Deckman
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 05:29 AM

I first learned this ballad from Idaho friend "Casey." He got it from Rosalie Sorrells, in America. It was on one of her first record albums. I love this song and it's imagery. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: Lyr Add: WALKER OF THE SNOW (from Billie Maxwell
From: GUEST,WWLL
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 06:11 PM

The poem was recorded (lyrics altered in nearly every line) by Billie Maxwell in the 1930s:


Speed on, speed on brave comrade, our camp lies far away
We must reach that haunted valley before the close of day
How I became so blinded, I will tell you as I go
By the blight of the haunted hunter, as he walks the midnight snow

Through the cold December heavens came the pale moon & the stars
The yellow sun was sinking behind the purple bars
And the snow, it lay drifted along the ridges drear
That lay for miles around me & the camp for which I steered

There was silence on the hillside & through the solemn wood
No sound of life or motion to break the solitude
Save the wailing of the moose-bird, and it's plaintive note so low
Or the skating of some red leaves upon the frozen snow

Says I now dark is falling & it's far my camp must be
My heart it would feel much ligther if I had but company
So I sang, shouting merrily, keeping measure as I sped
By the sharp twang of my snowshoes as they sprang beneath my tread

Not far into that valley had I gone upon my way
When a dusky figure joined me in a copper suit of grey
A-bending upon his snowshoes with a long & limber stride
I hailed the dusky figure as he traveled by my side

No sound of life or motion gave he by word or look
A fierce chill came upon me at the crossing of the brook
I could tell by the sickly moonlight as he followed bending low
That the walking of the hunter left no footmarks in the snow

A fierce chill came upon me like a shadow 'round me cast
I fell upon the snow drift as the haunted hunter passe
The other trappers found me just at the break of day
With my dark hair bleached as white as the snow on which I lay

They spoke not as they raised me; they knew that through the night
I had seen the haunted hunter & withered in his blight
Saint Maria speed us onward, for the sun is peeking low
And behind us lies the valley of The Walker in the Snow


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Walker of the Snow (Shadow Hunter)
From: Deckman
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 06:21 PM

I recorded this song on my CD: "Songs I Sing After Dark." Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: The Walker of the Snow (Shanly, Tyrrell)
From: GUEST,mandy o'sullivan
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 11:28 PM

I met Sean over 20 yrs ago while on holiday in a pub in kilfenora in Clare, i told him i didn't know him but i thought i recognized his voice from the Davy Spillane shadow hunter cd i had just bought and asked if it was him, he was wonderful and said it was him and he was impressed i recognized him and he'd sing me a song so i asked for the walker of the snow. he said it was to long to sing in a small session like that and he'd give me something else which was great but with in 10 mins he offered us the song. acoustically.Beautifully haunting in this small candle light bar on a summers evening on the Burren, never to be forgotten


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