The Foggy Dew Lyrics - Sinead O'Connor
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As down the glen one Easter morn
To a city fair rode I,
There armed lines of marching men
In squadrons passed me by.
No pipe did hum, no battle drum
Did sound its loud tattoo
But the Angelus' bells o'er the Liffey swells
Rang out in the foggy dew.
Right proudly high in Dublin town
Hung they out a 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 Brittania's Huns with their long-range guns
Sailed in through the foggy dew.
The bravest fell, and the requiem bell
Rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Easter-tide
In the springing of the year.
While the world did gaze with deep amaze
At those fearless men but few
Who bore the fight that freedom's light
Might shine through the foggy dew.
And back through the glen I rode again
And my heart with grief was sore
For I parted then with valiant men
Whom I never shall see more
But to and fro
In my dreams I go
And I kneel and pray for you
For slavery fled
Oh, glorious dead
When you fell in the foggy dew
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A beautiful song for all ages | Reviewer: Lars Van Ness | 10/10/14
Although my family is Scotch-Irish and Irish Protestant-Orange that is, we have always been staunch Republicans-Ireland for the Irish and the Brits should stay out of Irish affairs and let the people of that beautiful island resolve their own disputes. My great aunt who passed away in 1978 was a cousin of Sir Roger Casement and when he was executed by the English she was very upset for many years. She despised the English more than she despised Catholics and their in lies the source of her Irish Republican sentiments. This is a beautifully sung song by Sinead O'Connor and moves me to think on my own Irish heritage and the brave rebels who stood shoulder to shoulder against their English overlords. irinn go Brch!
Heritage | Reviewer: Kate | 7/11/14
I have been told stories and can trace my lineage to the High King of Northern Ireland who kidnapped the boy who would one day return as Saint Patrick (my sincere apologies). Whilst parts of my ancenstry have remained in Ireland and fought in this brave battle, many were driven to Wales, my direct ancenstry, in fact. While I treasure this immense Welsh background, and feel ashamed over my forefather's actions, I value my Irish lineage above all else, and this song has always reminded me why. Eirinn Go Brach!!!!!
Boston Irish | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/13
There are few details of my grandfather's involvement in the 1916 era uprising, and oh how I wish I knew more. He left Ireland under an assumed name because of a "price on his head" I was told. How he got to the US I really don't know. He loved Ireland and made sure his sons knew what happened. My father relayed the sentiment, though not the details. I passed what I could to my son. Before this song I was in the mind to leave it at that and not pass it on to my grandchildren. This song, Ms O'Connor's compelling performance of it, have led me to an interest in our history and a determination to (even though my grandfather's young, now-distant relatives are of well-blended heritages) pass on the knowledge of the injustice suffered and the brave fight for freedom. What an amazing history. I'm so proud to be of Irish blood.
Simply Beautiful | Reviewer: Leander | 11/12/12
As an Irish American who's parent never gave much a care to teaching us our ancestry and heritage I had to take it up on my own. I'm now more proud a Irishman than I am of my American back ground. I've never heard another song (Or rendetion there of) that instantly brought me to tears. but this will almost every time. I wish I were able to experience the heritage and sheer beauty that Ireland has to offer.
excellent!! | Reviewer: Donaldson | 1/14/10
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for enlightening me on more of my celtic heritage. I was born and raised away from all that in a small town in Georgia, USA and was never able to fully understand my heritage until I was looking at family names and came across mine then set off to some research. Ever since I have fallen in love with Irish folk music! Thank You!
An Irish Woman | Reviewer: Mike Reddy | 8/30/09
Dear Sinead ,
From a man from Inshowen who spent most of his life in New York City you make me cry with joy and pride . You remind me of the old days in donegal going to a house party and a slight youg woman like yourself would stand up and sing a song that would lift your heart and make it soar.I have heard that you have had some rough spots along the way .I hope you know that is God's way of bringing you to him he will want you to sing for him some day .As they say in Donegal you are a great wee Girl May God continue to bless you and thoes you love
Beautiful | Reviewer: Nem | 2/17/08
This song's why I'm in love with miss O'connor. I can really feel the dew in her haunting voice. 'Tis a shame the battle's been lost. Perhaps they'll find freedom one day again... TO THE EMERALD ISLE!
Loved the song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/28/07
Thought the song was great, but the best one I've ever heard was done by the Dublin Ramblers.
The best | Reviewer: Bill | 4/8/07
Simply the best rendition of this great song.
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