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Fields Of Athenry (Pete St John) MIDIs, tabs, videos
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By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling,
"Michael, they are taking you away;
For you stole Trevelyan's corn,
So the young might see the morn;
Now the 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 matters, Mary, when you're 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 the prison ship sailed out against the sky;
But she waits in hope and prays,
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.
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.

####.... Pete St John (real name Peter Mooney) - native of Dublin, Ireland, folk singer and prolific composer of widely sung modern ballads. ©2003. All rights reserved ....####
Excerpt from an article in The Glasgow Herald, 10 April 1996:
"The song was written in 1979 [by Peter St John] and recorded by Paddy Reilly, whose best-selling single launched an album of the same name. However, over the past 17 years more than 400 cover versions have been made with conservative estimates on single sales put at five million. The song was based on a true story of the fate of one young couple during the Irish famine (1845-1849)."

The video above features a recording of a variant by The Dubliners while Paddy Reilly was with them from 1996 to 2005: (Alive-Alive-O, Baycourt Records, 1997; 40 Years, Baycourt Records, 2002; Spirit Of The Irish, 2003).


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Also recorded by Ed Power (Kitchen Songs: A Selection Of Newfoundland/Irish Music, trk#8, 1999, at Soundscape productions, Grand Falls-Windsor, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mark Bishop).

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A variant was arranged and recorded by Anchors Aweigh of Rocky Harbour, NL (Stay The Course, trk#3, 1999, produced by Big Bully Productions, Corner Brook, NL).

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Athenry - (Irish - Baile Átha an Rí: Ford of the Kings) is an agricultural town in County Galway, Ireland, 25 km east of Galway city. One of the attractions of the town is its medieval castle.

The video below features an excellent karaoke performance by Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL.


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#1871: YouTube video by drivermciver
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features an excellent performance by Raymond and Yoong Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.

#1489: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
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The video below features a cover recording by Susan Lawrence of Upper Gullies, Conception Bay South, NL.

#1511: YouTube video by newfypearl
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(As performed by Anchors Aweigh)

(Capo 2nd Fret)

Intro: [A] [D]

Chorus:
Low [G] lie the [D] fields of Athen- [Bm] ry,
Where [D] once we watched the small, free birds [A] fly;
Our [D] love was on the [G] wing,
We had [D] dreams and songs to [A] sing;
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athen- [D] ry.

By a lonely prison wall, I [G] heard a young girl [D] call- [A] ing,
[D] "Michael, they are [G] taking you a- [A] way;
For you [D] stole Trevelyan's [G] corn,
So the [D] young might see the [A] morn;
Now the prison ship lies waiting in the [D] bay."

Chorus:
Low [G] lie the [D] fields of Athen- [Bm] ry,
Where [D] once we watched the small, free birds [A] fly;
Our [D] love was on the [G] wing,
We had [D] dreams and songs to [A] sing;
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athen- [D] ry.

By a lonely prison wall, I [G] heard a young man [D] call- [A] ing,
[D] "Nothing matters, [G] Mary, when you're [A] free;
Against the [D] famine and the [G] crown,
I re- [D] belled, they cut me [A] down;
Now you must raise our child with digni- [D] ty."

Chorus:
Low [G] lie the [D] fields of Athen- [Bm] ry,
Where [D] once we watched the small, free birds [A] fly;
Our [D] love was on the [G] wing,
We had [D] dreams and songs to [A] sing;
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athen- [D] ry.

By a lonely harbour wall, she [G] watched the last star [D] fall- [A] ing,
As the [D] prison ship sailed [G] out against the [A] sky;
But she [D] waits in hope and [G] prays,
For her [D] love in Botany [A] Bay;
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athen- [D] ry.

Chorus:
Low [G] lie the [D] fields of Athen- [Bm] ry,
Where [D] once we watched the small, free birds [A] fly;
Our [D] love was on the [G] wing,
We had [D] dreams and songs to [A] sing;
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athen- [D] ry.

Chorus:
Low [G] lie the [D] fields of Athen- [Bm] ry,
Where [D] once we watched the small, free birds [A] fly;
Our [D] love was on the [G] wing,
We had [D] dreams and songs to [A] sing;
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athen- [D] ry.
It's so [A] lonely 'round the fields of Athen- [G] ry. [A] [D]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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