The Glen of Aherlow, song / Mary McDaid, singing in English

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My name is Patrick Sheehan my years are thirty-four
Tipperary is my native place not far from Galtymore
I came of honest parents but now they're lying low
And many a pleasant day I spent in the Glens of Aherlow

My father died I closed his eyes outside our cabin door
The landlord and the sheriff too were there the day before
And then my loving mother and sisters three also
Were forced to go with broken hearts from the Glens of Aherlow

For three long months in search of work I wandered far and near
I went then to the poor house for to see my mother dear
The news I heard nigh broke my heart but still in all my woe
I blessed the friends who made their graves in the Glens of Aherlow

Bereft of home and kith and kin I wandered all around
I starved within my cabin and slept upon the ground
But cruel as my lot it was I ne'er did hardship know
'Till I joined the English army far away from Aherlow

Rise up there says the Corporal you lazy Irish hound
Why don't you hear you sleepy dog the call to arms' sound
Alas I had been dreaming of days so long ago
I woke before Sebastopol and not in Aherlow

I groped to find my musket how dark I thought the night
O blessed God it was not dark it was the broad daylight
And when I found that I was blind my tears began to flow
For now I'll never see again my own sweet Aherlow

O blessed Virgin Mary mine is a mournful tale
A poor blind prisoner here I am in England's dreary gaol
Struck blind within the trenches where I never feared the foe
And I long now for a pauper’s grave in the Glens of Aherlow

The Glen of Aherlow, song / Mary McDaid, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:707-NC-V8
Main Performer: Mary McDaid
Title:The Glen of Aherlow [videorecording] / Mary McDaid, singing in English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:Ellen Gillespie's home
Recording Date:March 2001
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 4 min. 31 sec.) :digital, stereo
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:983

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