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Lyr Req: The Felons of Our Land (Forrester)

ard mhacha 08 Aug 03 - 04:24 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 08 Aug 03 - 05:44 PM
Big Tim 08 Aug 03 - 05:46 PM
ard mhacha 09 Aug 03 - 02:30 AM
GUEST,still cookieless paddymac 09 Aug 03 - 11:38 PM
ard mhacha 12 Aug 03 - 02:50 PM
Seamus Kennedy 12 Aug 03 - 10:36 PM
GUEST 07 Mar 11 - 04:32 AM
GUEST,999 07 Mar 11 - 05:11 AM
Thompson 07 Mar 11 - 06:30 AM
Jim Dixon 13 Mar 11 - 02:13 PM
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Subject: ADD: The Felons of our land
From: ard mhacha
Date: 08 Aug 03 - 04:24 PM

I would be obliged to anyone who can add any other verses of this song,

                     The Felons of our land

In boyhood`s bloom and manhood`s pride
Foredoomed by alien laws,
Some on the scaffold proudly died,
for holy Ireland`s cause,
And brothers say, shall we, today,
unmoved by cowards stand,
While traitors shame and foes defame,
The Felons of our land.

                  2
Some in the convict`s dreary cell,
Have found a living tomb,
And some unseen untended fell
within the dungeon`s gloom,
But what care we, although it be
trod by a ruffian band,
God bless the clay where rest to-day
The felons of our land.
                                  Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 08 Aug 03 - 05:44 PM

Suspect there are more:

From http://indigo.ie/~kfinlay/Tim%20Healy/healy43.htm

6th September, 1918.

"The sentence by a court-martial of two years' hard labour on some player for singing the "Felons of our Land," makes my blood boil. It has been sung for 50 years - since Arthur Forrester wrote it.

And from :

http://indigo.ie/~kfinlay/Tim%20Healy/healy8.htm

... Arthur Forrester, who often called at Barry's to meet him, then was organizer for Southern England. Forrester had also served in the French Foreign Legion in 1870-1 under Bourbaki. To a lad of 17, as I was, their adventures rivalled those of Sindbad the Sailor.

...

Forrester was a writer of ballads, one of which, "The Felons our Land," was widely sung. In 1918, 50 years after its publication, a London Hebrew got six months from a court-martial in the West of Ireland for chanting it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: Big Tim
Date: 08 Aug 03 - 05:46 PM

Fill up once more, we'll drink a toast to comrades far away,
No nation on earth can boast of braver hearts than they,
And though they sleep in dungeons deep, or flee outlawed and banned,
We love them yet, we can't forget, the felons of our land

Let cowards mock and tyrants frown,ah, little do we care,
A felon's cap is the noblest crown an Irish head can wear,
And every Gael in Inishfail, who scorns the serf's vile brand,
From Lee to Boyne, would gladly join the felons of our land.

Above are the first and fourth verses according to Danny Doyle and Terence Folan in their book "The gold sun of Irish freedom". The verses that you give, Ard, are their 2nd and 3rd.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: ard mhacha
Date: 09 Aug 03 - 02:30 AM

Many thanks boys, I had known that Forrester was the writer, but I could be forgiven for not remembering all of the verses when some poor man gets two years hard labour for singing it, was he that bad?.

My old friend Bill, long since departed, served up a treat when with his glass raised on high he dramatcally sang The Felons`, slow and with feeling, God rest his Soul, and once again thank you George and Tim. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: GUEST,still cookieless paddymac
Date: 09 Aug 03 - 11:38 PM

I have heard OF this song, but have never actually HEARD it. What is the melody usually used. It seems, at first blush, as though it would lay easy on "Nation Once Again" with slight adjustment.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: ard mhacha
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 02:50 PM

I have Francie Brolly singing it on a new CD which I bought to-day and he sings it unaccompained and very well, but the melody isn`t like a "Nation once again".
Listening right now the melody sounds like "Erins Flag", Francie Brolly sings it very slow, and that is the way I have always heard it.
The record label is M.C.P.S, Derry Records, title Irish Songs of Freedom. Featuring Barleycorn,Anne and Francie Brolly, and Ray McAreavey/Wolfhound. 3CD Set. Ard Mhacha


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 10:36 PM

Tim, thanks for beating me to it!
I have it from a series of little books I collected in the '60s.
They are the Song & Recitations of Ireland Series:
1. The Flag
2. The Harp
3 The Easter Lily
4. The Tara Brooch
5. The Wild Geese
And another called Songs Of The Irish Republic.
They were 3/- each from C.F.N.56, Grand Parade, Cork.
Around the same time, Walton's in Dublin published a series at 3/6 each. They were as follows:
1. In Dublin's Fair City - ballads
2. The Tri-Coloured Ribbon - rebel songs
3. Songs Of The Old Turf Fire - nostalgic songs
4. Reilly's daughter - A ballad selection
5. The Irish Rover - a ballad miscellany
6. Down By The Glenside - songs and ballads

Tim, many thanks for the book, it's effing brilliant, so it is!
I'll p.m. you ASAP.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 04:32 AM

some on the scaffold proudly died,
some in their prison cell,
We'll not forget
We love them yet
the felons of our land.

My father Bill finnegan sang this when I was a child but this is the only verse I remember
Deirdre finnegan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 05:11 AM

THE FELONS OF OUR LAND

Title:
The Felons of Our Land
Lyrics by:
Arthur Forrester
No recordings known
Category:
Early Rebellions and Wars,
Republican Song
and
Traditional Song
To the best of our knowledge this material is traditional and belongs to the public domain. Inform us if we are wrong.

Copyright Statement

Fill up once more, we`ll drink a toast to comrades far away,
No nation on earth can boast of braver hearts than they,
And though they sleep in dungeons deep, or flee outlawed and banned
We love them yet, we can`t forget, the Felons of our Land.

In boyhood`s bloom and manhoods pride fordoomed by alien laws,
Some on the scaffold proudly died, for holy Ireland`s cause,
And brothers say, shall we, today, unmoved by cowards stand,
While traitors shame and foes defame, the Felons of our Land.

Some in the convicts dreary cell, have found a living tomb,
And some unseen untended fell within the dungeons`s gloom,
But what care we, although it be, trod by a ruffian band,
God bless the clay where rest today the Felons of our Land.

Let cowards mock and tyrants frown, ah little do we care,
A Felon`s cap is the noblest crown an Irish head can wear
And every Gael in Inishfail, who scorn the serf`s vile brand,
From Lee to Boyne, would gladly join the Felons of our Land.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: Thompson
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 06:30 AM

Downloadable here


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FELONS OF OUR LAND (Forrester)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 02:13 PM

This is certainly public domain, because of the date of publication:

From Songs of the Rising Nation, and Other Poems, by Ellen Forrester and (her son) Arthur M. Forrester (Glasgow: Cameron & Ferguson, 1869), page 156:

THE FELONS OF OUR LAND
Air?Auld Lang Syne.

Fill up once more, we'll drink a toast
    To comrades far away?
No nation upon earth can boast
    Of braver hearts than they.
And though they sleep in dungeons deep,
    Or flee, outlawed and banned,
We love them yet, we can't forget
    The felons of our land!

In boyhood's bloom and manhood's pride,
    Foredoomed by alien laws,
Some on the scaffold proudly died
    For holy Ireland's cause.
And, brothers, say, shall we to-day
    Unmoved, like cowards, stand,
Whilst traitors shame, and foes defame
    The felons of our land?

Some in the convict's dreary cell
    Have found a living tomb,
And some unseen, unfriended, fell
    Within the dungeon's gloom!
Yet, what care we, although it be
    Trod by a ruffian band?
God bless the clay where rest to-day
    The felons of our land!

Let cowards sneer and tyrants frown,
    Oh, little do we care?
A felon's cap's the noblest crown
    An Irish head can wear!
And every Gael in Innisfail
    (Who scorns the serf's vile brand),
From Lee to Boyne, would gladly join
    The felons of our land!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Felons of our land
From: MartinRyan
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 02:16 PM

The "Auld Lang Syne" air suggestion is interesting - it's not the one usually used now.

Regards


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