Mudcat Café message #961033 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60046   Message #961033
Posted By: Wolfgang
29-May-03 - 03:47 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Fiona and Shane (Anne Byrne)
Subject: Lyr Add: Fiona and Shane
I only have the song on a tape and the only information I have about it is the title. I'd appreciate more information about it from anyone who knows it. Is it a known legend or story?

The transcription is mine, so there might be errors in it. Where I was unsure I have put the words in parentheses. The tune is not used for any other song I know. My transcription is so close to yours, Samantha, that you may have heard the same recording. Anne Byrne is a woman with a beautiful natural soprano voice, a slight resemblance to the young Joan Baez.



The swaying pines of eventide,
The blue sky up above
All voices hushed and silent now
Fiona dreams of love

Her heart is filled with grief and fear
Her dreams they are all in vain
She listens to the westwind's sigh
And dreams that it speaks to her of Shane.

Chorus: Fiona, oh Fiona,
the westwind whispers plain;
Fiona, oh Fiona,
I bring love greetings from Shane.

Shane is betrothed to another love
He tries to be true and kind
He'll not look in Fiona's pale green eyes
His love for her he just can't seem to hide.

One day she went to the forest green
she could not longer bear to stay
in silence now she roams the woods
and the green pines sing all the way


One day he went to the forest green
in search of wild (meat) and game
a (yokel) smiling with pale green eyes
starts to speak to young Shane.

His heart remembered his love so true
he tried but he failed to explain
in silence now he roams the woods
and the westwinds speak to Shane:

Last chorus: Fiona, oh Fiona
her love was without a stain
Fiona, oh Fiona,
oh you never love another, poor Shane,
Fiona, Fiona, Fiona.