Thursday, June 23, 2011

"The Wind That Shakes The Barley"

This is such a sad song, but so beautiful! Often song lyrics are some of the most beautiful poetry, and especially the old Irish and Scottish songs! :] ( I would prefer a sweeter, younger, more plaintive voice singing this, but the woman here is pretty good. :)

I sat within the valley green, I sat me with my true love

My sad heart strove the two between, the old love and the new love
The old for her, the new that made me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glen and shook the golden barley

'Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us
But harder still to bear the shame of foreign chains around us
And so I said, "The mountain glen I'll seek at morning early
And join the bold united men, while soft winds shake the barley"

While sad I kissed away her tears, my fond arms round her flinging
The foeman's shot burst on our ears from out the wildwood ringing
A bullet pierced my true love's side in life's young spring so early
And on my breast in blood she died while soft winds shook the barley

But blood for blood without remorse I've taken at Oulart Hollow
And laid my true love's clay cold corpse where I full soon may follow
As round her grave I wander drear, noon, night and morning early
With breaking heart when e'er I hear the wind that shakes the barley


Abigail said...


Anonymous said...

Wow, those lyrics are powerful. I agree, song lyrics can be incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing!