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The Minstrel Boy
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This is a traditional Irish that I play on guitar with voice and a keyboard bass.
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Sun Jun 19, 2005
World : Traditional Irish
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About the song
The music is an old traditional Irish Air called "The Moreen".
The words are by Thomas Moore, 1779-1852.
Performance by Patrick T. Connolly
- this is one of the happy, glorious war songs that the country in know for. The other type of song, the county is noted for, is the tragic love song.

Recorded October 8, 2000, this is about the last song for me to do on cassette tape. I had a new digital recorder that I was not familiar with and was wondering, with the high price of zip discs, how I could ever afford to do enough takes to for me to get it right. Well, this is Take 10 of the cassette, A number of takes I have yet to reach with digital.
There is a nice web page on this song at;
http://ogallchobhair.org/minstrelboy.htm
Lyrics
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him.
"Land of Song," cried the warrior bard,
"Though all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy right shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee."

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sulley thee,
Thou soul of love and bravery,
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery.