Measuring the Boar Against the Bristles

I have already referred to a note by Mrs. MacTavish on this subject, vol. ii. 489. She tells how she learned Dan an Dearg (the Song of the Red) more than sixty years ago, from a ploughman who used to chant it at his work; and she adds– “The subject of the song is Diarmaid […]

God Save the South

“God Save the South” is considered to be an unofficial national anthem of the Confederate States of America. It was written by George Henry Miles (as Ernest Halphin). The commonly-heard version was composed by Charles W. A. Ellerbrock, while C. T. De Cœniél composed a different tune for the song. It was written in 1861. * * * I. God save the […]

Clo Mhic Ille Mhicheil

Lyrics: English Translation: Oganaich uir a’ chuil teudaich Oh noble youth with long black hair ‘S oil liom eudach a bhith dhith ort I hate it that you are wanting clothing Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Chuir Roinn Eorpa clo am beart dhuit Europe has put cloth in the loom […]

A Gurgling Cry

I don’t want to draw conclusions, I’ll leave that to yourself Maybe you’re still walking, maybe you’re still talking But every time I hear the news that old feeling comes back on We’re neck deep in the Big Muddy And the damn fools keep yelling to push on — Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, […]

She Speaks with Rank and Roses

Occasion in the village hall, she speaks with rank and roses, So high above them all; What could they do? He struts with dog and gun, they scramble through a heather hell, Beat the ground until they run; What could they do? A little respect would have helped them through. — Rank and Roses, Dougie […]

Base Alien Mongrels

In an abbey not far from the town of Dungiven Their spirit hovers over that once much-loved soil Where there lies brave Cooey, that once-mighty chieftain Who commanded of yore from the Bann to the Foyle His statue disfigured by base alien mongrels His name oft impaired by unscrupulous foes Yet his soul shines in […]

They Say There’s a Place Where Dreams Have All Gone

They say there’s a place where dreams have all gone. They never said where, but I think I know. It’s miles through the night, just over the dawn, on the road that will take me home. I know in my bones I’ve been here before; The ground feels the same, though the land’s been torn. […]