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Uploaded on Aug 12, 2011
This is a request for me to sing an Irish Balled and it comes from An Irish Lady..Beannaichte and i would love to mention my good friend Marianne whose Birthday it is today Happy Birthday.
The Fields of Athenry" was written in the 1970s by Pete St. John. A claim was made in 1996 that a broadsheet ballad published in the 1880s had similar words; however, the folklorist and researcher John Moulden found no basis to this claim, and Pete St. John has stated definitively that he wrote the words as well as the music........ Thank you to Wikipedia for the information
The song was first recorded in 1979 by Danny Doyle, reaching the top ten in the Irish Singles Chart. The most successful version was released by Paddy Reilly in 1983. While peaking only at number four, it remained in the Irish charts for 72 weeks.
The lyrics say the convict's crime is that he "stole Trevelyan's corn"; this is a reference to Charles Edward Trevelyan, a senior British civil servant in the administration of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in Dublin Castle. Trevelyan believed that the starving Irish could subsist on maize, a grain that they had no knowledge of or experience in preparing.