The Fields of Athenry (demo)

by Sheena & Michael

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Our version of an old Irish classic written by Pete St. John.

"The Fields of Athenry" is an Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine (1845–1850) about a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in County Galway who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food for his starving family. It is a widely known and popular anthem for Irish sports supporters.

lyrics

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young girl calling
Michael they are taking you away
For you stole Trevelyan's corn
So the young might see the morn
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay

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 loney 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

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 loney round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely harbour wall
She watched the last star falling
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
For she live in hope and pray
For her love in Botany bay
For it's lonely round the fields of Athenry

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 loney round the fields of Athenry

credits

released March 11, 2016
sheena: vocals
michael: guitars

artwork: boo hoo

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