Green Glens Of Antrim (Little John Cameron)
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Far across yonder blue lies a true fairyland,
With the sea rippling over the shingle and sand;
Where the gay honeysuckle is luring the bee,
And the green glens of Antrim are calling to me.

Sure if only you knew how the lamp of the moon,
Turns a blue Irish bay to a silver lagoon;
You'd imagine a picture of heaven it would be,
Where the green glens of Antrim are calling to me.

Soon I hope to return to my own Cushendall,
'Tis the one place for me that can outshine them all;
Sure I know every stone, I recall every tree,
Where the green glens of Antrim are calling to me.

I would halt at a cabin close down by the shore,
And I'd knock with my heart at that wee cabin door;
While the sun showered gold in the lap of the sea,
And the green glens of Antrim were calling to me.

####.... Kenneth North (pseudonym for Archie Montgomery) ©1950, Carolin Music, published by Southern Music Publishing, London, UK ....####
This variant recorded by John Barr aka Little John Cameron from Blantyre, Scotland and Torbay, NL [1943-2002] (Little Johnny Cameron, trk#5, 1974 LP, Audat Records, Oshawa, ON, engineered by Ron Duclos, produced by Fivetake Group Productions and recorded at MUN Studio, St John's, NL).

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Kenneth North wrote this beautiful song about the Nine Glens of Antrim, and it has been recorded by nearly every Irish band since. The Nine Glens of Antrim radiate outwards towards the Irish coast from the mountainous heartland of the county, cut through the black basalt by rivers and further gouged by ancient glaciers. They lay within the old Celtic kingdom of Dal Riada which included North-Eastern Ulster and the Scottish Isles. The area was Gaelic-speaking until the early 20th Century. The Glens became famous for their natural beauty, the friendliness of the people and their cultural richness, particularly in the areas of music, dancing and sport. In modern times, the Glens have been made famous around the world through this song, which is a favourite in the village of Cushendall that lies at the foot of the River Dall and flows through the village.

The Nine Glens of Antrim are:
Glenarm (Gleann Arma) - Glen of the army;
Glencloy (Gleann Cloiche) - Glen of the hedges;
Glenariff (Gleann Aireamh) - Arable or fertile glen;
Glenballyemon (Gleann Baile Éamainn) - Edwardstown glen;
Glenaan (Gleann Athain) - Glen of the colt's foot or rush lights;
Glencorp (Gleann Corp) - Glen of the slaughtered;
Glendun (Gleann Abhann Duinne) - Glen of the brown river;
Glensheask (Gleann Seisce) - Sedgy glen;
Glen Taisie (Gleann Taise) - Princess Taisie's Glen (Rathlin Island princess ).

From Wikipedia:
Cushendall - village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, formerly known as Newtown Glens. Irish: Cois Abhann Dalla meaning "foot of the River Dall" - otherwise known in Irish as Bun Abhann Dalla meaning "bottom of the River Dall".

From the Princeton University Word Net:
Shingle - coarse beach gravel of small waterworn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel).


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