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Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn (Brian O'Higgins)

weerover 08 Oct 02 - 05:11 AM
ard mhacha 08 Oct 02 - 05:37 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: SONG OF THE DAWN (Brian O'Higgins)
From: weerover
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 05:11 AM

As I think I may now have this correctly (with thanks to several contributors) here, as requested, is the version I have:

Song of the Dawn (Brian O'Higgins)

The song I sing is a song of home, a song of roisin dubh
Of glade and glen, of ford and fen, of lake and of mountain blue
Of the signs that stand over all the land to tell of the long ago
Let your voices ring in the song I sing, Sean Eireann an Gael go deo

(chorus)
Hurrah, the night is ended, we see the dawn's red glow
Oh, shout it high, 'tis a free men's cry, Sean Eireann an Gael go deo

I sing of every wood and stream, of tower and vale and town
Where brave men died, where brave men tried to tear the red rag down
From Kerry brave to the widest wave where Lagan's waters flow
From [Tobair na Righ?] to the winding Lee, Sean Eireann an Gael go deo

I'll raise a rann for the ones who tread the path to the dawning day
Who will pause no more till their native shore is free from the Saxon sway
Till from every hill and from every rill the freedom cry shallgo
From old and young in the Gaelic tongue, Sean Eirann an Gael go deo

wee rover


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: ard mhacha
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 05:37 AM

Nice one Wee Rover, as sung by Kathleen Largey, stirring. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Brían
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 11:18 AM

That's great, Wee Rover, now can ya whistle the tune loud enough so we can all here it?;-)

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: GUEST,wee rover
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 02:09 PM

I can do an ABC if someone can tell me how to attach/link the bliddy thing


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Sorcha
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 02:17 PM

Why do you need a link to type abc? Just type it in........


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Subject: Tune Add: SONG OF THE DAWN (Brian O'Higgins)
From: GUEST,weerover
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 02:47 PM

I think I sent this but it doesn't seem to have registered, so second attempt:

T:Song of the Dawn
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L:1/4
Q:70
C:Brian O'Higgins
K:F
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% ABC2Win Version 2.1 08/10/2002


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Brían
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 07:36 PM

Thanks, Wee rover. I have to learn that program.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Sorcha
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 07:53 PM

It really isn't difficult, Brian.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Brían
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 11:14 PM

O.K. are there any crash courses availible on how to decipher the above jargon? I would be extremely grateful to anyone who could get me started....

Go raigh míle maith agaibh,

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: weerover
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 01:35 AM

Brian,

I knew this tune was used elsewhere and I've finally found it - Dominic Behan uses a version of it for a song called "There Goes a Deportee" in his collection "The Singing Irish". If you have access to a copy, the variations required for "Song of the Dawn" should be fairly obvious.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Brían
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 08:30 AM

I have Ireland Sings, but not that one. I may be able to find it at the library, though.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: GUEST,weerover
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 09:43 AM

Brian,

There's also another song which appears to share this tune. It's called "Are You There, MO-RI-AR-ITY?" and it can be found on www.contemplator.com/folk6/moriarty.html with a midi file of the tune.

Seriously, though, I would try to get a guide to ABC notation, very handy for producing musical scores, I can use it reasonably well and Mozart I ain't!

weerover


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Big Tim
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 09:58 AM

Here's Brian O'Higgins'introduction to the song from "Wolfe Tone Annual 1950":

"last year I told you of a song called "Sean-Chuige na Midhe{Meath?]go deo", which, because of my hatred of countyism and provinciliasm, I altered to "Sean-Eire na nGaedheal go deo". Under the title "A Song of the Dawn", and to the air of "My Love Nell", it appeared in the March issue of "Irish Freedom", 1912 [here he gives the lyrics, almost identical to weerover's]...to the same air there was a vulgar 'stage Irish' song called "Are You There, Moriarty" in vogue for a long time. When Father Walsh included my song in his grand series "Songs of the Gael" he had this note after the last verse,

'This fine air was unfortunately associated for a long time with a vulgar music hall ditty. I don't know the Irish name for the air.I leave it without a name rather than give it the name of the said vulgar song by which it was known. The air has all the marks of a very old Irish air - two-strain, gapped scale and three-fold repitition of final note. Brian O'Higgins fine song will lift it to the higher plane that it was accustomed to occupy'

BOH resumes:
"It was lifted to a still higher plane some years later when the brave men who carried their lives in their hands every hour of the day and of the night as they defended Ireland's freedom and Ireland's honour against the armed forces of an unscrupulous enemy, sang "Sean-Eire na nGaedheal go deo" in the intervals between their battles and felt sincerely in the deepest core of their hearts the spirit of the words they sang. It was known all over the country".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Brían
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 11:44 AM

Great, Wee Rover and Big Tim. Maybe I should play with this and try to convert it to a midi. I am listening to the link you psted right now, and the melody sounds quite familiar.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Big Tim
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 03:13 PM

"Moriarty" - vulgar! Never! It was one of my father's favourite songs and he was anything but vulgar. Shows you how attitudes evolve. Of course BOH was very "straightlaced", editing the Father Mathew Review (anti-alcohol) and rebuking "pure" Irish lads for laughing at "vulgar" English jokes when interned at Frongoch. BOH has been called "pure green" and I think that's a very good description, in every sense.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: NightWing
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 03:41 PM

For those who wanted information about how to read the ABC that WeeRover posted try this PermaThread:
Mudcat ABC Tune Guide. There's a fair bit to it, but it's very simple to understand if you read the dots at all, at all.

BB,

NightWing


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song of the Dawn
From: Brían
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 10:24 PM

Thanks, NightWing. I'll save that to my favorites. After humming that tune all afternoon, I realized that the melody is the same one that Paddy Tunney uses for THE LOW LOW LANDS OF HOLLAND.

Brían


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Subject: Lyr Add: SONG OF THE DAWN (Longkesh Ramblers)
From: GUEST,John
Date: 01 Oct 11 - 10:56 AM

Song of the Dawn by The Longkesh Ramblers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is5BlEZOSOE

The song I sing is a song of old,
a song of Roisin Dubh
Of glade and glen, of ford and fen,
of homes and of mountains too
Of the signs that stand over all the land
to tell of the long ago
Let your voices ring in the song I sing,
Sean-Eire na nGaedheal go deo

Wher' all the night is ended,
we see the dawn red glow
Oh, shout it high, it's a free man's cry,
Sean Eireann an Gael go deo

I sing of every wood and stream,
Of tower, and vale, and town.
Where brave men tried ,and brave men died
To tear that auld rag down.
And from Cilarraidhe brave to the widest wave
Where Lagan's waters flow,
From Teamhair na Ri to the winding Laoi
Sean-Eire na nGaedheal go deo!

Wher' all the night is ended,
we see the dawn red glow
Oh, shout it high, it's a free man's cry,
Sean Eireann an Gael go deo

I raise a rann for those who tread
The path to the dawning day.
Who will pause no more till their native shore,
Is free from the Saxon sway;
And from every hill and from every rill
The freedom-cry will go,
From old and young, the Gaelic tongue
Sean-Eire na nGaedheal go deo!

Wher' all the night is ended,
we see the dawn red glow
Oh, shout it high, it's a free man's cry,
Sean Eireann an Gael go deo


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