Post #5

| February 20, 2016

I’ve started looking into the contextual significance of these old Irish songs. Some are simply popular pieces that have been around for a long time, but some are also filled with historical significance. Take the piece “Bold Fenian Men” for example. This song is about the Fenian uprising of 1867. The uprising was a rebellion of British rule in Ireland. The uprising was organized by the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). The uprising was poorly organized and not successful. Hence the lyrics, “And wise men have told us that their cause was a failure, They fought for old Ireland and they never feared danger, Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.”

The lyrics are posted below:

The Bold Fenian Men

‘Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman, A-picking young nettles and she scarce saw me coming, I listened awhile to the song she was humming:
“Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

‘Tis fifty long years since I saw the moon beaming,
On strong manly forms and their eyes with hope gleaming, I see them again, sure, in all my daydreaming,
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

Some died on the glenside, some died near a stranger, And wise men have told us that their cause was a failure, They fought for old Ireland and they never feared danger, Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.”

I passed on my way, God be praised that I met her, Be life long or short, sure I’ll never forget her,
We may have brave men, but we’ll never have better, Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.