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Fields of Athenry
Pete St. John. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: A blight song of injustice and transportation.
Fields of Athenry
(Pete St. John, 1970's)

     C                          F                        C   G   G7
By a lonely prison wall I heard a young girl calling
     C                         F              G      G7
Oh, Michael, they have taken you away
          C                       F                 C                           G
For you stole Trevelyan’s corn that the young might see the morn
                              G7               C       F - C
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay

      F       C                  Am
Low lie the fields of Athenry
         C                             F                  G      G7
Where once we watched the small free bird fly
    C                      F                  C                            G
Our love was on the wing, we had dreams and songs to sing
                                        G7                C       F - C
Now it’s so lonely ‘round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely prison wall I heard a young man calling
Nothin’ matters, Mary, when you’re free
Against the famine and the Crown I rebelled; they ran me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity

By a lonely harbor wall she watched the last star falling
As the prison ship sailed off against the sky
Sure, she’ll wait and hope and pray for her love in Botany Bay
And it’s so lonely ‘round the fields of Athenry