Slievenamon

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History:

"Slievenamon" (also called "Slieve Na Mban" or "Sliabh Na Mban") is a Traditional Irish ballad which is known as the anthem of Ireland's County Tipperary. Written by Charles J. Kickham in the mid-1800s, the song takes its name from a famous mountain in South Tipperary, near the town of Clonmel. "Slievenamon" is Tipperary's most popular old song, and according to one Tipperary hurling fan, is sung proudly at every hurling and football match the local teams ever play.

Lyrics:

Alone, all alone, by the wave washed strand
All alone in a crowded hall
The hall it is gay and the waves they are grand
But my heart is not here at all.
It flies far away by night and by day
To the times and the joys that are gone
I never will forget the sweet maiden that I met
In the Valley near Slievenamon.

It was not the grace of her queenly air
Nor her cheek of the rose's glow
Nor her soft black eyes, nor her flowing hair
Nor was it her lily white brow
'Twas the soul of truth and of melting ruth
And the smile like a summer dawn
That stole my heart away on a soft summer day
In the Valley near Slievenamon.

In the festive hall, by the wave washed shore
O, my restless spirit cries
"My love, o, my love, shall I ne'er see you more? And, my land, will you never uprise?" By night and by day, I ever, ever pray
While lonely my life flows on
To see our flag unrolled and my true love to enfold
In the Valley near Slievenamon.