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  • (Trad)

    O, father dear and I often hear you speak of Erin's Isle
    Her lofty scenes, her valleys green, her mountains rude and wild
    They say it is a lovely land wherein a prince might dwell
    Then why did you abandon it, the reason to me tell

    My son, I loved my native land with energy and pride
    Then a blight came over all my crops and my sheep and cattle died
    The rents and taxes were to pay and I could not them redeem
    And that's the cruel reason I left old Skibbereen

    'Tis well I do remember the bleak November day
    When the bailiff and the landlord came to drive us all away
    They set the roof on fire with their cursed English spleen
    And that's another reason I left old Skibbereen

    Your mother, too, God rest her soul, lay on the snowy ground
    She fainted in her anguishing seeing the desolation round
    She never rose, but passed away from life to immortal dreams
    And that's another reason I left old Skibbereen

    Oh you were only two years old and feeble was your frame
    I could not leave you with my friends for you bore your father's name
    I wrapped you in my cóta mór at the dead of night unseen
    And I heaved a sigh and I said goodbye to dear old Skibereen

    Oh father dear, the day will come when on vengeance we will call
    And Irishmen both stout and tall will rally unto the call
    I'll be the man to lead the van beneath the flag of green
    And loud and high we'll raise the cry, Revenge for Skibbereen

    (as sung by The Dubliners)

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  • [2000:] AUTHOR: unknown EARLIEST DATE: 1962 [...] HISTORICAL REFERENCES: 1847/8 - Greatest of several Irish potato famines; 1848 - Irish rebellion

    FOUND IN: Ireland Australia REFERENCES: PGalvin, p. 46, "Skibbereen" (1 text, 1 tune); Meredith/Covell/Brown, p. 163, "Skibbereen" (1 text, 1 tune) [...]

    NOTES: The 1848 rebellion was the result of many factors. One was hunger -- the potato blight drove food prices beyond the reach of common people; in the end, millions died and many more went to America. [...]

    Another was land hunger; the preceding decades had forced many Irish smallholders off their lands while allowing the rich (usually English) to enlarge their holdings. By the time of the blight, most Irish were working holdings of five acres or less; there simply wasn't enough land for the population.

    Finally, revolution was in the air; almost all of Europe (except England) was in turmoil. Unfortunately for the rebels, the very factors that caused the revolt meant that it had no strength and could gain no foreign help. And England, with a stable government at home and all her enemies distracted, could deal with the rebellion at its leisure. (R.B.Waltz / D.G.Engle, Traditional Ballad Index, Skibbereen)


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