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Irish Emigration Ballad by Dolores Keane & John Faulkner
Tags: Derry, Galway, Immigration, Keane, Music, More…Songs, Traditional Music
"As I was walkin' one morning all in the month of MayTo view all your mountains and valleys so gay,I was thinking on the flowers all going to decayThat bloom around ye, bonny, bonny Slieve Galleon Braes.Full of times I have wandered with my dog and my gun,I'd ramble these mountains and your valleys for fun,But those days they now all over and I can no longer staySo farewell unto you bonny, bonny, Slieve Galleon Braes.How oft in the evening with the sun all in the westI walked hand in hand with the one I love bestBut the hopes of youth are ended and I am far awaySo farewell unto you bonny bonny Slieve Galleon Braes'tis not for the want of employment at homeThat causes the son of ould Ireland to roam,But the rates were gettin' higher and I could no longer staySo farewell unto you bonny, bonny, Slieve Galleon Braes.Our isle it will be green and our cottages be gayOur children will be clothed and our wives will drink strong teaOh you tyrannising landlords - I will no longer staySo farewell unto to you bonny bonny Slieve Galleon Braes."
Beautiful! And thank you for the lyrics. Can you tell me what Slieve Galleon Braes means?
I often think that those of you who's ancestors were able to stay in Ireland were the lucky ones. One set of my Irish ancestors had such a sad life here that I'm sure they wished that they had taken their chances in Ireland.
Mary ... I believe "brae" signifies a steep bank or hillside. Slieve Gallion (Sliabh gCallann) is a particular mountain of the Sperrin mountain range in County Derry. So it's a reference to the steep slopes of this Sliabh gCallann mountain. Here's a photo of the mountain itself:
Oh wow! It's great to put a "face" on this beautiful song. Thanks
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