Four Green Fields - The Flying Column




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Published on Aug 4, 2007

Four Green Fields was written by Tommy Makem. Mise Eire was written by Padraic Pearse.

This version is from The Flying Column 2nd Album called Four Green Fields, recorded in 1971. sung by Cathleen Largey, her husband Eamon is narrating, Mise Éire in Irish and English.

Mise Éire {Pádraig Mac Piarais}

Mise Éire - sine me ná an Chailleach Béarra.
Mór mo Ghlóir - mé do rug Cú Chulainn cróga.
Mór mo náire - mo chlan féin do dhíol a máthair.
Mise Éire - uaigní me ná an Chailleach Béarra.

Four Green Fields {Tommy Makem}

What did I have, said the fine old woman
What did I have, this proud old woman did say
I had four green fields, each one was a jewel
But strangers came and tried to take them from me
I had fine strong sons, they fought to save my jewels
They fought and they died, and that was my grief said she

Long time ago, said the fine old woman
Long time ago, this proud old woman did say
There was war and death, plundering and pillage
My people starved, by mountain, valley and sea
And their wailing cries, they reach the very heavens
My four green fields ran red with their blood, said she

What have I now, said the fine old woman
What have I now, this proud old woman did say
I have four green fields, one of them's in bondage
In stranger's hands, that tried to take it from me
But my sons they have sons, as brave as were their fathers
My fourth green field will bloom once again said she.

I am Ireland:
I am older than the Old Woman of Beare.

Great is my glory:
I who gave birth to Cuchulainn the brave

Great is my shame:
My own children have sold their mother.

I am Ireland:
I am lonelier than the Old Woman of Beare.
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    • Favourite Irish Rebel Ballads
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