The Lowlands Low

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We sailed out of Dunmore Michael Mac and I
Cowhides and wool and like cargo
Twenty young Wild Geese ready fledged to fly
Sailing for the Lowlands low.
The Lowlands low the Lowlands low
Sailing for the lowlands low.

2. Sean Rouse our skipper from the church at Loose
Where he keeps flock for his father
Fresh from our battles feathered and a-hoop
Sailing for the Lowlands low
The Lowland low the Lowlands low
Sailing for the Lowlands low.

3. Ready with priming we’d our galliots gun
Muskets and pikes in good order
We should be willing hapless would be none
Death or else the Lowlands low
The Lowlands low the Lowlands low
Death or else the Lowlands low.

4. A pirate approached us many leagues from shore
We fought and we sunk him in good order
He’ll go a-roving plundering no more
Sailing for the Lowland low
The lowlands low the Lowlands low
Sailing for the lowlands low.

5. We smuggled out the Wild Geese weapons safe ashore
Then we unloaded our cargo
A fair wind is blowing we’re headed for Dunmore
Sailing from the Lowlands low
The lowlands low the Lowlands low
Sailing from the Lowlands low.


After the defeat of the O’Neills and O’Donnells, the last great chiefs of Ireland, in the Seventeenth Century, most of their armies fled to Europe to fight for other nations. These individuals, known as the "Wild Geese", smuggled themselves out of Ireland in small fishing boats. This is a song about twenty of them and their voyage to the lowland of Holland. - courtesy of David Earl.

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