The Fields of Athenry

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By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young girl calling,
"Michael, they are taking you away."
For you stole Treveleyn's corn,
So the the young might see the morn.
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.
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Low, lie the fields of Athenry,
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wind*,
We had dreams and songs to sing.
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.
2. By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young man call,
Nothing matters Mary when your free.
Against the Famine and the Crown,
I rebelled, they ran me down,
Now, you must raise our child with dignity.
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3. By a lonely harbour wall,
She watched the last star falling.
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky.
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray,
For her love in Botany Bay.
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry"
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* or wings, in some variations

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