#02947
Only Our Rivers Run Free (Mickey MacConnell)
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#1483: YouTube video by drivermciver
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

When apples still grow in November,
When blossoms still bloom from each tree,
When leaves are still green in December -
It's then that our land will be free.
I wander her hills and her valleys,
And still through my sorrow I see,
A land that has never known freedom,
And only her rivers run free.

I drink to the death of her manhood,
Those men who would rather have died,
Than to live in the cold chains of bondage,
To bring back their rights where denied.
Oh, where are you now when we need you?
What burns where the flame used to be?
Are you gone like the snows of last winter?
And will only our rivers run free?

How sweet is life but we're crying,
How mellow the wine but it's dry,
How fragrant the rose but it's dying,
How gentle the breeze but it sighs.
What good is in youth when it's aging,
What joy is in eyes that can't see,
When there's sorrow in sunshine and flowers,
And still only our rivers run free.

####.... Written in 1965 by Mickey MacConnell who was born in 1947 in Bellananleck near Enniskillen, County Fermanach, Northern Ireland ....####
Recorded by Mickey MacConnell (Peter Pan And Me, trk#10, 1992, Spring Records, Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland).

Liner Notes: Written when I was in my mid teens, this song was originally recorded by Christy Moore in 1971. It has travelled well and has endured beyond all my wildest expectations. It is now almost regarded as an anthem for the dispossessed. I'm very proud of it.

From Wikipedia:
Mickey MacConnell - [b.1947] Irish musician and song writer, and the youngest member of a musical family, he worked in Dublin for Irish Press Group and, later, with The Irish Times. Mickey began writing songs very early in his life. He wrote Only Our Rivers Run Free about the constitutional status of Northern Ireland in 1965; it became an instant hit in Ireland. This encouraged him to seriously devote himself to writing music when he moved to Listowel, County Kerry, where he lives with his wife Maura. His first album Peter Pan and Me was released in 1992 to critical acclaim and included the haunting ballad Lament For Judy Garland. Many of his songs have been recorded internationally by such artists as Christy Moore, The Wolfe Tones, Mary Black, The Kelly Family, and many more including The James Last Orchestra. The album Joined Up Writing features many new songs and takes a wry look at life and politics, not just in Ireland but worldwide. MacConnell's work has been greatly influenced by the troubles in Northern Ireland and his songs reflect that there are those who suffer on all sides.

The video above features an excellent guitar performance of a variant by Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL.


See more songs by Sean Kenny.

A variant was recorded by Sons Of Erin (Good To See Ya, trk#8, 2001, Independent, St John's, NL).

The video below features a recording by the Wolfe Tones (Spirit Of The Nation, trk#11, 1981, Triskel Records, Montreal, Quebec).


#1482: YouTube video by darrin42
©2006 ~ Used with permission ~


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