The Foggy Dew song ~ Jamie O’Reilly

J. O’Reilly Productions, Cultural Arts and Blog
J. O’Reilly Productions, Cultural Arts and Blog
The Foggy Dew song ~ Jamie O'Reilly

Kerry_Madwoman-lrgSongs of a Kerry Madwoman CD
Jamie sings The Foggy Dew
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‘Twas down the glen one Easter morn
To a city fair rode I
When Ireland’s lines of marching men
In squadrons passed me by
No pipe did hum and no battle drum
Was sounded straight and true
But the Angelus bell o’er the Liffey’s swell
Rang out in the foggy dew

Right proudly high over Dublin town
They hung out the flag of war
‘Twas better to die ‘neath an Irish sky
Than at Suvla or Sud-el-bar
And from the plains of Royal Meath
Strong men came hurrying through
While Britannia’s sons with their long-range guns
Sailed in from the foggy dew

‘Twas England bade our wild geese go
That small nations might be free
Their lonely graves are by Suvla’s waves
Or the fringe of the great North Sea
But had they died by Pearse’s side
Or fought with Valera true
Their graves we’d would keep where the Fenians sleep
‘Neath the hills of the foggy dew

The bravest fell, and the solemn bell
Rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Easter tide
In the springing of the year
And the world did gaze in deep amaze
At those fearless men and true
Who bore the fight that freedom’s light
Might shine through the foggy dew


About the Kerry Madwoman recording.
Irish/Folk/Chamber Music

Kerry Madwoman CD backAn ethereal and powerful song cycle for voice and chamber ensemble, original words and music: Performances borrow from – and are influenced by–medieval, folk, art song and ethnic/Irish forms.  Lead vocals Jamie O’Reilly. Arrangements by Peter Swenson.  Original music by Michael P. Smith.  Original Lyrics by Patricia Monaghan. Recorded by Bruce Roper.  Mixed by Peter and Bruce.
More here.