#00761
My Green Valleys (Glen Reid) MIDI, video
#2012: YouTube video by wmosmond ©2011
~ Used with permission ~

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The seagulls are calling, and the wind is in the sails,
And she's fast moving over the sea;
On a ship bound for St John's three thousand miles away,
A human cargo my comrades and me.

Farewell my green valleys, God keep you the same,
If in only my mind you'll be;
I'm sailing dark water to far America,
Never more my green valley I'll see.

It hurts me to think of the things I left behind,
And the famine has blackened our land;
And to look now for something that I might never find,
Is a problem that now is at hand.

Farewell my green valleys, God keep you the same,
If in only my mind you'll be;
I'm sailing dark water to far America,
Never more my green valley I'll see.

There's a fever a-raging, and the wind has died away,
And the journey can no longer be;
And the plague is a shadow that lingers night and day,
For more thoughts of green valleys I'll see.

Farewell my green valleys, God keep you the same,
If in only my mind you'll be;
I'm sailing dark water to far America,
Never more my green valley I'll see.

Farewell my green valleys, God keep you the same,
If in only my mind you'll be;
I'm sailing dark water to far America,
Never more my green valley I'll see.

####.... Glen Reid of Burk's Falls, Ontario ....####
Glen Reid's most recognized and recorded song was originally written for Brannigan's Boys, an Irish pub band which included Glen Reid and Dubliners John Devlin and Noel Gogarty aka Joe Brannigan, and recorded by them in 1969.

Note: Winner of the 1992 Stan Rogers Golden Quill Award: One of our unsung heroes, Reid has had everything go wrong that could go wrong in his brief career in the music business. From his appearances on Singalong Jubilee, his songs covered by the Wolftones and the Irish Rovers, his solo album Hard Rock Miner to the bottom of the heap. Well, he's back and still writing fantastic songs.

The video above features a variant recorded as Farewell My Green Valleys by Susan McCann [b.1949] from Newry, County Down, Ireland.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Green Valleys by Fine Crowd (Poverty's Arse, trk#3, 1995, produced and engineered at Piperstock Productions, Torbay, NL, by Dermot O'Reilly).


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