#00113
Brennan On The Moor (Clancy Brothers)
MIDIs, video

See also: Brennan On The Moor (Harry Hibbs)
#209: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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'Tis of a brave young highwayman
this story I will tell,
His name was Willie Brennan
and in Ireland he did dwell;
It was on the Kilwood Mountain
he commenced his wild career,
And many a wealthy nobleman
before him shook with fear.

It was Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Bold, brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

One day upon the highway
as young Willie he went down,
He met the mayor of Cashel
a mile outside of town;
The mayor he knew his features
and he said, Young man, said he,
Your name is Willie Brennan,
you must come along with me.

It was Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Bold, brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

Now Brennan's wife had gone
to town provisions for to buy,
And when she saw her Willie
she commenced to weep and cry;
Said, Hand to me that tenpenny,
as soon as Willie spoke,
She handed him a blunderbuss
from underneath her cloak.

It was Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Bold, brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

Now with this loaded blunderbuss -
the truth I will unfold,
He made the mayor to tremble
and he robbed him of his gold;
One hundred pounds was offered
for his apprehension there,
So he with horse and saddle
to the mountains did repair.

It was Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Bold, brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

Now Brennan being an outlaw
upon the mountains high,
With cavalry and infantry
to take him they did try;
He laughed at them with scorn
until at last 'twas said,
By a false-hearted woman
he was cruelly betrayed.

It was Brennan on the moor,
Brennan on the moor;
Bold, brave and undaunted was
young Brennan on the moor.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad [Laws L7] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957), and a variant of Brennan On The Moor, published by J O Bebbington (Manchester) sometime between 1858 and 1861, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(3014) ....####
This variant recorded by the Clancy Brothers (Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, 1996).

See more songs by Clancy Brothers.

The video above features a cover performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, AU.

A variant was collected by MacEdward Leach (The Ballad Book, pp.745-747, A S Barnes, New York, 1955).

According to notes accompanying the archived broadside ballad, Bold Brannan On The Moor at the National Library of Scotland, this is a version of a well-known folk song about the adventures of William Brennan, an 18th-century highwayman who operated around the Kilworth area in County Cork, IE, and was hanged at Cork in 1804.




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