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Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol

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GUEST,Folkiegirl 31 Jan 03 - 06:15 AM
masato sakurai 31 Jan 03 - 06:53 AM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 31 Jan 03 - 06:55 AM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 31 Jan 03 - 06:58 AM
GUEST,MCP 31 Jan 03 - 07:00 AM
GUEST,MCP 31 Jan 03 - 07:05 AM
masato sakurai 31 Jan 03 - 07:31 AM
Pied Piper 31 Jan 03 - 08:06 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: GUEST,Folkiegirl
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 06:15 AM

Hi everyone. Fisrt time try for me on this forum thing. I'm currently practicising for a lot of gigs coming up and need the lyrics to this one. It's either Poor old Grainne Mhaol or just Grainne Mhaol. Alan burke from Afterhours did it on the 'Up to here' album I've only got it on tape. the first line is: All through the north as I walked forth to view the shamrock plain.

Helllllpppp!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: masato sakurai
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 06:53 AM

Posted at these threads, but they seem to be different versions:

LYR ADD: Grainne Mhaol

Grainne Mhaol Lyrics/chords

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 06:55 AM

Masato

It's a different song, alright. I should have it at home somewhere - I'll have a look

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: GRANUAILE
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 06:58 AM

Got it!

GRANUAILE

All through the north as I walked forth for to view the shamrock plain
I stood awhile where Nature smiles amid the rocks and streams
On a matron mild I cast my eyes beneath a fertile vale
And the song she sang as she walked on was, My poor old Granuaile.

Her head was bare and her grey hair over her eyes hung down
Her neck and waist, her hands and feet with iron chains were bound
Her pensive strain and plaintive wail mingled with the evening gale
And the song she sang with mournful tongue was, My poor old Granuaile.

The gown she wore was bathed with gore all by a ruffian band
Her lips so sweet that monarchs kissed are now grown pale and wan
The tears of grief fell from her eyes, each tear as large as hail
None could express the deep distress of my poor old Granuaile.

Six hundred years the briny tears have flowed down from my eyes
I curse the day that Henry made of me proud Albion's prize
From that day down with chains I'm bound, no wonder I look pale
The blood they've drained from every vein of poor old Granuaile.

On her harp she leaned and thus exclaimed, My royal Brian is gone
Who in his day did drive away the tyrants every one
On Clontarf's plain against the Danes his faction did prepare
Brave Brian Boru cut their lines in two and freed old Granuaile.

With blood besmeared and bathed in tears, her harp she sweetly strung
And o'er the air her mournful tune from one last chord she wrung
Her voice so clear fell on my ear, at length my strength did fail
I went away and this did say, God help you, Granuaile.

Copied from: http://www.edgars-liederbuch.de/Lieder%20g/Granuaile.htm

Regards

p.s. I'll check my own sources anyway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 07:00 AM

The song looks like the one in O'Lochlainn's Irish Street Ballads as A New Song On Granuaile.

The tune has been posted I think in a thread called granuaile (type this in the Filter box, set the Age drop-down to All and press the Refresh button to see that thread).

I don't know if the words have been posted; if not I'll put them up later if noone comes back with them.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 07:05 AM

Essentially the same as in O'Lochlainn, slight textual variations and slightly different verse order. O'Lochlainn also has an extra penultimate verse:

There was a lord came from the South he wore a laurel crown
Saying "Grania dear , be of good cheer, no longer you'll be bound
I am the man they call great Dan, who never yet did fail
I have got the bill for to fulfil your wishes Granuaile"

(I can see why you might want to omit it!)

Mick


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Subject: Lyr Add: A NEW SONG CALLED GRANUAILE
From: masato sakurai
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 07:31 AM

Martin, thanks for the correction. The version in Colm O Lochlainn's Irish Street Ballads (pp. 6-7; with tune) is:

A NEW SONG CALLED GRANUAILE
(Dublin ballad singer. Piii [The Complete Petri Collection], 790; Jiii [Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs], No. 58, The Foggy Dew. **BS [**: Indicates the source of the words; BS: Printed Ballad sheets]. See Appendix for another ballad)

All through the north as I walked forth to view the shamrock plain
I stood awhile where nature smiled amid the rocks and streams
On a matron mild I fixed my eyes beneath a fertile vale
And she sang her song it was on the wrongs of poor old Granuaile.

Her head was bare and her grey hair over her eyes hung down
Her waist and neck, her hands and feet, with iron chains were bound
Her pensive strain and plaintive wail mingled with the evening gale
And the song she sung with mournful tongue was Poor Old Granuaile.

The gown she wore was stained with gore all by a ruffian band
Her lips so sweet that monarchs kissed are now grown pale and wan
The tears of grief fell from her eyes each tear as large as hail
None could express the deep distress of poor old Granuaile.

On her harp she leaned and thus exclaimed "My royal Brian is gone
Who in his day did drive away the tyrants every one
On Clontarf's plains against the Danes his faction did prepare
Brave Brian Boru cut their lines in two and freed old Granuaile.

But now, alas, I must confess, avengers I have none
There's no brave Lord to wave his sword in my defence--not one.
My enemies just when they please with blows they do assail,
The flesh they tore clean off the bones of poor old Granuaile.

Six hundred years the briny tears have flowed down from my eyes
I curse the day that Henry made of me proud Albion's prize
From that day down with chains I'm bound no wonder I look pale
The blood they drained from every vein of poor old Granuaile.

There was a lord came from the south he wore a laurel crown
Saying 'Grania dear, be of good cheer, no longer you'll be bound
I am the man they call great Dan, who never yet did fail
I have got the bill for to fulfil your wishes Granuaile.'"

With blood besmeared and bathed in tears her harp she sweetly strung
And oh the change, her mournful air from one last chord she wrung
Her voice so clear fell on my ear, at length my strength did fail
I went away and this did say, "God help you, Granuaile."
................................................................

Four editions are at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, including this one:

A new song called Granuaile ("As through the north as I walked to view the shamrock plain ...")
Copies: Harding B 19(13)
Printer: [s.n.] ([s.l.])
Date: [s.a.]

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: Pied Piper
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 08:06 AM

A real person Grace O'Malley.
Granaile
All the best PP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 10:07 AM

Which name got corrupted to "Old Granny Wale" in "The Hornet and the Peacock" (American)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor old Grainne Mhaol
From: Big Tim
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 12:29 PM

"Granuaile", although derived from the historical person, Grace O'Malley, the "Pirate Queen of Mayo" (c.1530-1603),the name is of course one of the many female forms used to symbolise Ireland.

In her biography of Grace O'Malley, "Granuaile" (1998), Anne Chambers gives the words of the following songs and poems on Granuaile:

Granuaile ("there stands a tower by the Atlantic side...")

Grana Weal ("O thou that are sprung from the flower of the land...")

Grace O'Malley ("she left the close-air'd land of trees...")(Written by Sir Samuel Ferguson,1810-86)

Granuaile ("as the sunlight in its glory...")

Oro, Se do Bheatha 'bhaile (Credited to Padraig Mac Phiarais)

Oro and Welcome Home ("Welcome O woman who was sorrowful..."(Translated by Patrick Pearse)

Granuweal - An Old Song ("A courtier called Dorset...)

Poor Old Granuaile ("my dream to some...)(the O'Lochlainn version)

A New Song Called Granuaile ("All through the north as I walked forth...").


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