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Fare Thee Well Enniskillen (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, videos
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Oh our troop was made ready
at the dawning of the day,
From lovely Enniskillen
they were marching us away;
They put us on aboard a ship
to cross the raging main,
For to fight the bloody battle
in the sunny land of Spain.

Fare thee well Enniskillen,
fare thee well for a while,
And all around the borders
of Erin's green isle;
And when the war is over
we'll return in full bloom,
And you'll all welcome home
the Enniskillen Dragoons.

Oh now Spain is a gallant land
where the wine and ale flow free,
And there's lots of lovely women there
to dandle on your knee;
And often in a tavern there
we'd make the rafters ring,
When every soldier in the house
would lift his glass and sing:

Fare thee well Enniskillen,
fare thee well for a while,
And all around the borders
of Erin's green isle;
And when the war is over
we'll return in full bloom,
And you'll all welcome home
the Enniskillen Dragoons.

Well we fought for Erin's glory there
and many a man did fall,
From musket and from bayonet
and from thundering cannonball;
And many a foeman we laid low
amid the battle throng,
As we prepared for action
you would often hear this song:

Fare thee well Enniskillen,
fare thee well for a while,
And all around the borders
of Erin's green isle;
And when the war is over
we'll return in full bloom,
And you'll all welcome home
the Enniskillen Dragoons.

Well now the fighting's over,
and for home we have set sail,
Our flag above this lofty ship
is fluttering in the gale;
They've given us a pension, boys,
of fourpence every day,
And when we reach Enniskillen
never more we'll have to say:

Fare thee well Enniskillen,
fare thee well for a while,
And all around the borders
of Erin's green isle;
And when the war is over
we'll return in full bloom,
And you'll all welcome home
the Enniskillen Dragoons.

Fare thee well Enniskillen,
fare thee well for a while,
And all around the borders
of Erin's green isle;
And when the war is over
we'll return in full bloom,
And you'll all welcome home
the Enniskillen Dragoons.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an Irish traditional, The Enniskillen Dragoons ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, trk#11, ©1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

The original version of this song, The Enniskillen Dragoons, is about the Royal Dragoons of Ireland, a cavalry regiment formed in 1689 in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. The regiment was deployed in Spain in the first decade of the eighteenth century during the Peninsular War (1807-1814), a military conflict between Napoleon's empire and the allied powers of Spain, Britain and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars.


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