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By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young girl calling
Michael, they have taken you away
For you stole Trevelyn's corn
So the young might see the morn
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay

Low lie the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young man calling
Nothing matters, Mary when you're free
Against the famine and the Crown
I rebelled, they cut me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity

Low lie the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely harbor wall
She watched the last star falling
As that prison ship sailed out against the sky
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely ‘round the fields of Athenry

Low lie the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry



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    UnregisteredMar 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm
    The british could have sent food to ireland during the famine... They did'nt. Infact the lords and aristocrates... The landowners were exporting food to britain at the time of the famine. The british government could have stopped this and sent food over to ireland. They didnt care... They didnt even care for their own citizens.. The lords and dukes etc .. The landowners , the judiciary sent 100's of thousands of the working class english, welsh and scots to australia.. To populate it ! For stealing anything from a handkerchief to a potato ... Including young children. You could evn be hanged in england for stealing. Right up to the 1940's young children were sent from liverpool to australia, south africa , rhodesia... Which is now the zimbawe to populate the empire. The landowners were the thieves, robbers, and they still are now... The crown and aristocracy are nothing more than parasitic leeches... This is a fantastic song about the struggle in ireland
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    UnregisteredMay 9, 2012 at 3:14 am
    I am an aussie with my family on my fathers side being convicts from cork during the famine and i admit i almost get teary whenever i hear this. Such a sad time in history.
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    UnregisteredFeb 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    The meaning is historically clear. Trevelyan decided to starve the hated irish out of their own country and set about escalating the famine. Michael, in the song, was caught stealing food to keep his family from starving. For this, he was sent to botany bay (australia) as a criminal. Obviously, the british sought to abolish or kill any and all irish upon whom they could lay a crime. Just who were the real ciminals?

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