For what Died the Sons Of Roisin

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For what Died the Sons Of Roisin

Post by KellyKid » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:59 pm

I was listening to the Luke Kelly collection last night when this poem came on - I had'nt heard it for years and could'nt help but think that a lot of the sentiment expressed could be just as true today in this great little country of ours - have a listen and see what you think...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C14U7JYGRgA[/youtube]

For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it fame?
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it fame?
For what flowed Irelands blood in rivers,
That began when Brian chased the Dane,
And did not cease nor has not ceased,
With the brave sons of ´16,
For what died the sons of Róisín, was it fame?

For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed?
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed?
Was it greed that drove Wolfe Tone to a paupers death in a cell of cold wet stone?
Will German, French or Dutch inscribe the epitaph of Emmet?
When we have sold enough of Ireland to be but strangers in it.
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed?

To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To those brave men who fought and died that Róisín live again with pride?
Her sons at home to work and sing,
Her youth to dance and make her valleys ring,
Or the faceless men who for Mark and Dollar,
Betray her to the highest bidder,
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?

For what suffer our patriots today?
For what suffer our patriots today?
They have a language problem, so they say,
How to write "No Trespass" must grieve their heart full sore,
We got rid of one strange language now we are faced with many, many more,
For what suffer our patriots today?

I believe Luke wrote this poem himself.


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Post by grammer » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:06 pm

hi KellyKid-a lot of that poem/song rings true today all right

even the word patriot has been abused and used to suit the needs of many -when the occasion arises

When we have sold enough of Ireland to be but strangers in it.
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed?

the faceless men who for Mark and Dollar,
Betray her to the highest bidder,
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?

They have a language problem, so they say,
How to write "No Trespass" must grieve their heart full sore,
We got rid of one strange language now we are faced with many, many more,



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Post by Strum » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:54 pm

Spud sings that.



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Re: For what Died the Sons Of Roisin

Post by grammer » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:54 am

the rising 1916
New TG4 series started tonight --
its a goody -
heres the link
should be up on the player now
http://beo.tg4.ie/main.aspx?content=260173023233


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Post by Rocker » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:57 pm

Grammer,

Thanks for putting a link to this old topic. I had never heard it before. Luke was some fine man. I am remembering singing in O'Donohues, the Leeson, The Old Sheiling. When did I become the old pussy cat I was so full of daring do?!


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Post by Sinead » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:02 pm

Rocker, at least we did it. I remember singing at a gig in The South County when I was 9 month pregnant! Ronnie Drew, him indoors and I had been out on the town and then went into this gig at about 12.20.a.m. and it had no life in it - so Ronnie says come on let's give this band a dig out. Would I do it now, no, did I enjoy it at the time DEFINITELY. The baby was born a week later.

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Post by Rocker » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:26 pm

Oh Sinéad,

What a lovely story and memory. I hope that child is still singing! We didn't realise how lucky we were. You could just drop in somewhere like the Abbey Tavern and in no time at all fifty or sixty would be singing mostly rebel songs but it was amazing. I ask the kids where it is at nowadays and there don't seem to be the sametype of impromptu get togethers. It probably goes in cycles as my mother used to tell us of great stirring singing nights in various haunts in Dalkey in the 30's. Come to think of it, we used to sing all those rousing songs in the house! and in school before it became non PC to do so!


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Post by spudseamus » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:17 am

it became non PC to do so! :shock: :shock: when did that happen !! "Pockets of our great coats filled with barley ------"



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Post by grammer » Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:53 pm

Yesterday the Ist July 1916
the battle of The Somme started.
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Somme


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Post by Micheál » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:03 am

This was recorded later on in 1916 but might well have been sung in the trenches

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Post by Rocker » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:32 pm

Listen here Micheál,

I want to get out and see this beautiful country as shown by Farmboy, but , if you keep putting up such wonderful links I will never get lunch let alone leave the chair. Brillant as usual Micheál. How do you find them?? My mother used to have us marching around the house on a wet day singing all these "pack up your troubles"and "over my shoulder goes one care" songs and recently I visited my grandnieces and nephews (they live in the country) and started to give them a flavour of our house in the 50's. I don't think they will ever recover!!!!! We have all become so sedate !!!!(some that is).


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Re: For what Died the Sons Of Roisin

Post by Rocker » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:00 am

Just heard the sons of Makem and Clancy singing the parting glass on F/B. I had forgotten the words and the sentiment!
get out the hankies.

Of all the money that e'er I had, I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done, alas, it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit to memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

Of all the comrades that e'er I've had, they are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I've had, they would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and I'll softly call good night and joy be with you all

If I had money enough to spend and leisure time to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in this town, that sorely has my heart beguiled
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips I own, she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

My dearest dear, the time draws near when here no longer can I stay
There's not a comrade I leave behind, but is grieving for my going away
But since it has so ordered been what is once past can't be recalled
Now fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

If I had money for to spend, If I had time to waste away
There is a fair maid in this town, I fain would while her heart away
With her rosy cheeks and dimpled chin, my heart she has beguiled awa'
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you a'

If I had money for to spend, I would spend it in her company
And all the harm that I have done, I hope it's pardoned I will be
And all I've done for want of it to memory I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

A man may drink and not be drunk, a man may fight and not be slain
A man may court a pretty girl and perhaps be welcomed back again
But since it has so ordered been by a time to rise and a time to fall
Come fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

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I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
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