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Flight Of Earls (Ed Power) video
#1697: YouTube video by machree01
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

I can hear the bells of Dublin
in this lonely waiting room,
And the paperboys are singing in the rain;
Not too long before they take us
to the airport and the noise,
To get on board the trans-Atlantic plane.

We got nothing left to stay for,
we have no more left to say,
And there isn't any work for us to do;
So farewell, you boys and girls,
another bloody flight of Earls,
Our best asset is our best export too.

It's not murder, fear or famine
that makes us leave this time,
We're not going to join
McAlpines Fusiliers;
We got brains and we got vision,
we got education too,
But we just can't throw away
those precious years.

So you walk the streets of London
and the streets of Baltimore,
And we meet at night in several Boston bars;
We're the leaders of the future
but we're far away from home,
And we think of you beneath the Irish stars.

As we look on Ellis Island
and the lady in the bay,
And Manhattan turns to face another Sunday;
We just wonder what you're doing
to bring us all back home,
As we look forward to another Monday.

For it's not the work that scares us,
we don't mind an honest job,
And we know things will get better once again;
So a thousand times adieu,
we've got Bono and U2,
All we're missing is the Guinness and the rain.

So switch off your new computers
for the writing's on the wall,
We're leaving as our fathers did before;
Take a look at Dublin Airport
and the boat that leaves North Wall,
There'll be no youth unemployment anymore.

'Cause we're over here in Queensland
and in parts of New South Wales,
We're on the seas, the airways, and the trains;
And if we see better days,
for those airplanes go both ways,
We'll all be coming back to you again.

'Cause we're over here in Queensland
and in parts of New South Wales,
We're on the seas, the airways, and the trains;
And if we see better days,
for those airplanes go both ways,
We'll all be coming back to you again.

####.... Variant of a lament written in the 1980s by a founding member of the Irish group Bagatelles, Liam Reilly of Dundalk, Ireland ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Ed Power (Kitchen Songs: A Selection Of Newfoundland/Irish Music, trk#7, 1999, at Soundscape productions, Grand Falls-Windsor, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mark Bishop).

See more songs by Ed Power.

The variant in the video above features a recording by the Irish folk band, The Barleycorn [1971-1995] (The International, Side Two, trk#6, 1989 Cassette, Dolphin Records, produced and arranged by The Barleycorn and recorded at Lansdowne Studios, Dublin, Ireland).

A variant was also recorded by the Wolfe Tones (Sing Out For Ireland, 1987).

Historic note: Flight of Earls refers to the 1607 emigration of Ireland's best and brightest leaders after defeat in the Nine Years War [1594-1603] (Tyrone's Rebellion). Flight of the Earls was the departure of Hugh O'Neill and Rory O'Donnell and some ninety others who left Ireland to secure more military help from Spain. They left from the town Rathmullan in Lough Swilly on a French ship with some of the leading Gaelic families of Ulster. This town was said to have witnessed the end of the old Gaelic order in the sense that the earls were descended from Gaelic clan dynasties that had ruled their parts of Ulster for centuries. The vacuum left by this flight was felt for centuries after. In the 1980s, when unemployment soared, many of the best and brightest left Ireland again, this time because there was no work.



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