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Fields of Athenry - Paddy Reilly

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Uploaded on Nov 8, 2008

(Lyrics below.)This Irish ballad is about a man from Athenry who has been sentenced to transportation to Australia for stealing food for his starving family. The potato famine killed over a million men, women, and children in Ireland (1845 -1851) and caused another million to flee the country. This Spadecaller video features the paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, William Bougereau, Antonio Mancini, Renoir, and William John Waterhouse.

LYRICS:

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young girl calling
Micheal they are taking you away
For you stole Trevelyn's corn
So the young might see the morn.
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young man calling
Nothing matter Mary when your free,
Against the Famine and the Crown
I rebelled they ran me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

By a lonely harbor wall
She watched the last star falling
As that prison ship sailed out against the sky
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

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