The West's Awake (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, videos
#758 YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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When all beside a vigil keep,
The West's asleep! The West's asleep!
Alas! And well may Erin weep,
When Connacht lies in slumber deep.
Her lakes and plains smile fair and free,
'Mid rocks their guardian chivalry;
Sing, Oh! Let man learn liberty,
From the crashing wind and lashing sea.

For often, in O'Connor's van,
To triumph dashed each Connacht clan;
And fleet as deer the Normans ran,
Thro' Corrsliabh Pass and Ardrahan.
And later times saw deeds as brave,
And glory guards Clanricard's grave;
Sing, Oh! They died their land to save,
From Aughrim's slopes to Shannon's waves.

And if, when all a vigil keep,
The West's asleep! The West's asleep!
Alas! And well may Erin weep,
That Connacht lies in slumber deep;
But, hark! A voice like thunder spake,
The West's awake! The West's awake!
Sing, Oh! Hurrah! Let England quake,
We'll watch till death for Erin's sake.

####.... Thomas Davis [1814-1845], a founding member of the Young Ireland Movement ....####
This song was brought to the southern shore of Newfoundland by Irish immigrants.

This arrangement was recorded by Ryan's Fancy (An Irish Night At The Black Knight Lounge, trk#4, 1971, Marathon Music Incorporated, Scarborough, Ontario; and Dance Around This One, trk#9, 1981, Boot Records Limited, Mississauga, Ontario). Ryan's Fancy also recorded this song for the Tommy Makem and Ryan's Fancy television series on CHCH-TV, Hamilton, Ontario, in the summer of 1974.

A variant was also recorded on Ryan's Fancy's first album, a re-release of the album Sullivan's Gypsies (Ryan's Fancy Sung By Sullivan's Gypsies, trk#6, 1970, Harmony/Columbia Records, Toronto, Ontario).

The video above features this Ryan's Fancy variant.

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Note: In 1842, along with Jon Blake Dillon and Charles Gavan Duffy, the Irish patriot Thomas Davis founded the Young Ireland movement and The Nation newspaper which becomes one of the most widely-read newspapers in Ireland. He devoted the next three years to writing poems, songs and articles of general and historical interest for the paper, including such well-known ballads as The West's Awake and A Nation Once Again.     (Courtesy of the Thomas Davis Pipe Band, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.)

The video below features a variant by the Wolfe Tones recorded as The West's Asleep (Belt Of The Celts, trk#11, 1978, Triskel Records TRL 1003; and as The West's Awake, 25th Anniversary, trl#16, 1989, Shanachie Records SHA52024).

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#328 YouTube video by darrin42
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