#02414
Brennan On The Moor (Harry Hibbs)
MIDIs, video
See also: Brennan On The Moor (Clancy Brothers)
#409: YouTube video by NLTreasure
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There was a brave young high'man
and the story we will tell,
His name was Willie Brennan
and in Ireland he did dwell;
'Twas on the Gilbert Mountains
he commenced his wild career,
And everyone looked him over
and before him shook with fear.

It's young Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

One day o'er on the highway
as Willie he went down,
He met the mayor of Cashel
a mile outside of town;
The mayor he knew his features
and he said, "Young man," said he,
"Your name be Willie Brennan,
you must come along with me."

It's young Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

Now Willie's wife had gone
to town some vittles for to buy,
And when she saw her Willie
she commenced to weave and cry;
"Come hand to me the tenpenny!"
As soon as Willie spoke,
She handed him a blunderbuss
from underneath her cloak.

It's young Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

Now with this loaded blunderbuss,
the truth I will unfold,
He made the mayor to tremble
and he robbed him of his gold;
One hundred pounds was offered
for his apprehension there,
And he with horse and saddle
to the mountains did repair.

It's young Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.
Brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad [Laws L7] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957), and a variant of Brennan On The Moor, published by J O Bebbington (Manchester) sometime between 1858 and 1861, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(3014) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by His Nibs, Harry Hibbs.

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

A variant was recorded as Brennan On The Moor by the Clancy Brothers (Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, 1996).

See more songs by the Clancy Brothers.

A variant was also recorded by McGinty (Ballads & Bar Tunes, Rocky Coast Music Inc, Halifax, NS, 1994).

A variant was collected by MacEdward Leach (The Ballad Book, pp.745-747, A S Barnes, New York, 1955).

According to notes accompanying the archived broadside ballad, Bold Brannan On The Moor at the National Library of Scotland, this is a version of a well known folksong about the adventures of William Brennan, an 18th-century highwayman who operated around the Kilworth area in County Cork, Ireland, and was hanged at Cork in 1804.



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