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GUEST,Terry Blankenship Help: History of 'Shane Crossagh' (14) Shane Crossagh 19 Jun 01


We use to play this song in our old band "The Gabriel
Hounds". It is a very good song. Our guitar player Karl
found it. It on the new " Changeling - The Hidden World"
Cd. It was originally going to be on "The Gabriel Hounds"
new Cd. I remember him saying he found it in a book
somewhere and that it originally had many more verses. I
am not sure where he got the chords and melody for it. I
made up my bouzouki part to compliment what he was already
doing on the guitar. He was pretty sure no one else had
recorded it before. I was wondering if any of you are
familar with this song (possibly under another title). I'd
love to see the complete source lyrics and melody for it.


SHANE CROSSAGH

IT'S UP THE HEATHERY MOUNTAIN AND DOWN THE ROCKY GLEN
SQUIRE STAPLES HAS GONE HUNTING SHANE CROSSAGH AND HIS MEN
WITH FORTY MOUNTED YOEMEN, THAT GALLOPED IN A STREAM
THEY SWEAR THE GIN THE GALLOWS WORK
WHEN THEY COME BACK AGAIN

SHANE CROSSAGH WAS A PLOUGHBOY
THAT PLOUGHED IN BALLYNASCREEN
AND NOW HE IS AN OUTLAW FOR THE WEARING OF THE GREEN
TWAS IN THE SPARIN MOUNTAINS FAR, FAR FROM BALLYNASCREEN
THEY SET THE BLOODHOUNDS ON HIS TRACK
FOR THE WEARING OF THE GREEN

THEN UP SPOKE TORNS THE FARMER, WE HAVE HIM NOW I KNOW
THE BLOODHOUNDS ARE UPON HIS TRACK, HIS BACK TO THE RIVER
ROE
THE MAN HE MUST BE WEARY, A LONG CHASE IT HAS BEEN
FOR THREE LONG DAYS AND FASTING, SINCE HE LEFT
BALLYNASCREEN

SHANE CROSSAGH HAD A WOLF DOG THAT NE'ER PARTED HIM
AND AS THE HOUNDS THEY ALL RAN ROUND
HE PULLED THEM LIMB FROM LIMB
TWAS THEN UP SPOKE THE OUTLAW, AS TEARS BEGAN TO FLOW
MY GALLANT HOUND WE'LL BOTH GO FREE IF WE CAN LEAP THE ROE

THEN UP THE HOUND HE GAVE A BOUNCE, CROSSAGH NOW I KNOW
THEN WITH A SHOUT THEY BOTH JUMPED OUT AND LEAPED THE
RIVER ROE
NOW MARK ME SQUIRE STAPLES IF YOU COME BACK AGAIN
YOU WELL MAY WISH THE RIVER ROE TWEEN CROSSAGH AND HIS MEN

WELL THE FEENEY BRIDGE WAS BROKEN AND ON THE SEARCH WAS
SEEN
FOR THEM A FEARFUL TOKEN, A BUNCH OF HOLLY GREEN
TWAS THEN CRIED SQUIRE STAPLES, CROSSAGH LET ME LIVE
AND FOR YOUR HOUNDS A THOUSAND POUNDS IN YELLOW GOLD I'LL
GIVE

TIS BOUND IS SQUIRE STAPLES YOU'LL FIND HIM IN THE GLEN
HIS FORTY YOEMEN TAKEN BY SEVEN GALLENT MEN
SEVEN GALLANT OUTLAWS, SEVEN GALLANT MEN
AND WITH DESPAIR THEY TORE THEIR HAIR
AND SHANE WENT FREE AGAIN

IT'S UP THE HEATHERY MOUNTAIN AND DOWN THE ROCKY GLEN
SQUIRE STAPLES HAS GONE HUNTING SHANE CROSSAGH AND HIS MEN
WITH FORTY MOUNTED YOEMEN THAT GALLOPED IN A STREAM
THEY SWEAR THE GIN THE GALLOWS WORK
WHEN THEY COME BACK AGAIN


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