The Fanad boys’ lament, song / Bridie Doherty

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On the twenty fourth of August eighteen and sixty two
Going to the English harvest our friends we bid adieu
Our heart was light and airy no trouble in our mind
‘Twas little we thought that e’er we’d see the friends we left behind.

Our boat was heavily loaded and the wind it blew severe
The seas they rolled like mountains high ‘til death it did appear
At length one gale had struck her bow there were no relief from shore
When fifteen of our Fanad boys went down to rise no more.

Brave bold MacSwaine I do lament a hero staunch and true
A widow and six children had a reason for to rue
A father sighed a mother cried six children wept full sore
On the day his brother found their corpse going round the Rathmullen shore.

There were a lad amongst the squad his name was McElaine
He was very well respected by his comrades far and near
From Kerrykeel to Inishfield, Rathmullen shore likewise
Sorrow, grief, but no relief for our brave Fanad boys.

Now to conclude and finish up I mean to drop my pen
I hope the blessed virgin on their souls may prove a friend
My eyes are over loaded with tears my pen I must leave down
May the Lord have mercy on their souls good people say amen.

see also   The Fanad boys' lament / Jimmy Houten   A lament to the Fanad boys / Pat McDaid

The Fanad boys’ lament, song / Bridie Doherty
ITMA Reference Number:641-NC-V8
Title:Fanad boys' lament [videorecording] / Bridie Doherty, singing in English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:Kearney's cottages, Urris, Co Donegal
Recording Date:09 August 1995
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 3 min. 31 sec.) :digital, stereo
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:10383

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