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THE FIELDS OF ATHENRY (Pete St. John) Paddy Reilly - 1979 By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling "Michael, they have taken you away, For you stole Trevelyan's corn, So the young might see the morn. Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay." Chorus: Low lie the fields of Athenry Where once we watched the small free birds fly Our love was on the wing We had dreams and songs to sing It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry. By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling "Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free Against the famine and the crown, I rebelled, they cut me down. Now you must raise our child with dignity." Chorus By a lonely harbor wall, she watched the last star fall As the prison ship sailed out against the sky For she lived to hope and pray for her love in Botany Bay It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry. Chorus ***** Original Version (1888) By a lonely prison wall I heard a sweet voice calling, 'Oh Danny, they have taken you away. for you stole Travelian's corn, that your babes might see the dawn, now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.' Chorus: Fair lie the fields of Athenry where we stood to watch the small freebirds fly. Our love grew with the spring, we had dreams and songs to sing as we wandered through the fields of Athenry. I heard a young man calling 'nothing matters, Jenny, when your'e free 'gainst the famine and the crown, I rebelled, they ran me down, now you must raise our children without me.' On the windswept harbour wall, she watched the last star rising as the prison ship sailed out accross the sky But she will watch and hope and pray, for her love in Botany bay whilst she is lonely in the fields of Athenry

    


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