Christy Moore - The Boys Of Barr Na Sráide Lyrics




Oh, the town, it climbs the mountains and looks upon the sea
At sleeping time or waking time, it's there I'd like to be
To walk again those kindly streets, the place where life began
With the Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

With cudgels stout they roamed about to hunt for the dreólín*
We searched for birds in every furze from Litir to Dooneen
We danced for joy beneath the sky, life held no print nor plan
When the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the wren

And when the hills were bleedin' and the rifles were aflame
To the rebel homes of Kerry the Saxon strangers came
But the men who dared the Auxies and fought the Black-and-Tan
Were the Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

But now they toil in foreign soil where they have made their way
Deep in the heart of London or over on Broadway
And I am left to sing their deeds and praise them while I can
Those Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

And here's a health to them tonight wherever they may be
By the groves of Carham river or the slope of Bean 'a Tí
John Daly and Batt Andy and the Sheehans, Con and Dan
And the Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

When the wheel of life runs out and peace come over me
Just take me back to that old town between the hills and sea
I'll take my rest in those green fields, the place where life began
With those Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren





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  1. Jack O'Connor

    Cahersiveen u mean

  2. sliotharball

    This outstanding ballad always brings a tear to my eye. Go hálainn ar fad.

  3. Lixna

    The song pace is too funereal. Needs x2 speed at least with a bit of passion in the voice. This effort here would make an insomniac nod off....YAWN.

  4. big toe

    christy once again his voice paints beautiful imagery.

  5. Séaghan Ó Súilleabháin

    Cahersiveen

  6. Michael o brien

    Fucking insult to cahersiveen!

  7. A H

    Crying, & I don't know why.

  8. Micheal Prendergast

    LYRICS:
    Oh the town, it climbs the mountains and looks upon the sea
    At sleeping time or waking time, it’s there I’d like to be
    To walk again those kindly streets, the place where life began
    With the Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

    With cudgels stout, they roamed about to hunt for the dreólín
    We searched for birds in every furze from Litir to Dooneen
    We danced for joy beneath the sky, life held no print nor plan
    When the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the wren

    And when the hills were bleeding and the rifles were aflame
    To the rebel homes of Kerry the Saxon strangers came
    But the men who dared the Auxies and fought the Black-and-Tan
    Were the Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

    But now they toil in foreign soil where they have made their way
    Deep in the heart of London or over on Broadway
    And I am left to sing their deeds and praise them while I can
    Those Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

    And here’s a health to them tonight wherever they may be
    By the groves of Carham river or the slope of Bean ‘a Tí
    John Daly and Batt Andy and the Sheehans, Con and Dan
    And the Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

    When the wheel of life runs out and peace come over me
    Just take me back to that old town between the hills and sea
    I’ll take my rest in those green fields, the place where life began
    With those Boys of Barr na Sráide who hunted for the wren

    Jack Fletcher

    Actually, it,s Fat Andy.

    random person

    And its Beentee thanks for the lyrics

  9. the buill

    If you want to unearth an expert in Ireland just make a mistake

  10. Theresa Geissler

    What can I say to this song? Amazing! Wonderful!

  11. Ray Nelson

    Christy always good but listen to Donie Nolan singing.Best version ever I think.

  12. Liam Gaule

    A little disappointed with Christy here. It's not within an asses roar of Annemarie O' Riordan's version.

    the buill

    Ha ha ha shows you where you have been. This was recorded in the 70's and you only hearing it the past year....please. you do not warrant a comment

  13. patrick newe

    Go hana mhaith a Cristóir. Amhran anseo go h'alainn ar fad.

  14. Jack Fletcher

    I'm sure you all spotted Christy's delierate mistake, Bar na Sraide is in fact in Cahirsiveen and not Listowel

  15. richard davitt

    Best song ever !!

  16. Mary O'Shea

    Excellent!!

  17. John Dowling

    O K. so it is Cahirciveen, perhaps Christy was taking poetic licence, but most Irish singers like to tell a tale of a song. You must admit he makes a great job of this Really good Kerry Anthem. 🤗🤗🤗

  18. zacaulson

    Aye ya. This one puts us all at ease, doesn't it? The strings behind Christy are pure magic, but he's the one here. I wonder if they'd ever consider another go?

  19. curleyteeth

    I have been searching for this track since I lost the tape I had.I am at peace now.Jim.Liverpool.

  20. Mary O'Shea

    Beautiful! It is in Cahirciveen.

    Ger Carty

    Mary O'Shea

  21. Lucy O' Shea

    It's in cahersiveen, not listowel!

    Jack Fletcher

    Correct beautiful Lucy

    Daniel O Sullivan

    Everyone that loves this song knows that he made a mistake when he said listowel, relax

    he's a sound cunt

    Lucy O' Shea o'shea are from Kerry by any chance

    Irish_Playzz

    Fact anyone who knows this song knows well for sure....

    sliotharball

    He only said that to prove it was a live recording..A genuine mistake...A beautiful ballad ..I wouldn't be too sure if the poor little wren thinks the same way..

  22. Mary O'Shea

    Beautiful!

  23. Chantal Hill

    Just made my very first visit to Cahersiveen last year and felt very welcomed! I'm probably related to 1/2 of Kerry--my father was born here in town....came to the States in 1962. I was born in the US, so this song has deep meaning for me. (my dad's name was Christy too) This is my fav version of this great song!! My father was probably one of the trouble makers up on the old road!

    Chantal Hill

    @Daniel O Shea Thank you, Daniel, I will find it. Are you related to the O'Sheas in Cahersiveen? The B&B on Church St is run by an O'Shea family and the building is connected to the very place my father was born!

    Daniel O Shea

    Chantal Hill No I'm from Tralee I live in England now can't beat a good song My friend used to sing this and Luke Kelly the last of the great whales another powerful song if you're on Facebook there's a group called This is Kerry

    Chantal Hill

    Christopher-any chance she is related to a Desmond Moran? I have a photo of the first Cahersiveen Brass Band, and he is seated next to my grandfather, Michael Hogan.

    Christopher Matt

    Chantal, I'll have to look back in my research to see if there was a Desmond in the family. About what year was your photo taken ?

    Chantal Hill

    The photo says 1929-1930. My grandfather, Michael Hogan, died in 1944, so he would have been about 23 in the picture. From the pic, although it's black and white, Desmond has the lightest hair color of all 7 men. Looks like he has light eye color too.??? He was on drums...

  24. Tadhg OConnor


    We'll done christy

    Jack O'Connor

    Tadhg OConnor oh fuck off

  25. Martin O'Sullivan

    Best recorded version of this amazing song .  Remarkable Christy well done.

  26. Joe Fleming

    Awesome...love this song...Heard Christy many times at Barrowlands in Glasgow...

  27. Simon Walsh

    great screen name Leamhdearg abu

  28. Eileen Nestor

    Christy you do a great job on this, great voice love it

    Irish_Playzz

    Do you still use youtube?

  29. Don't Be Insane

    The street still Exists but it is in Caherciveen -
    Listowel does not climb the mountain between the hill and sea and is not between Letter and Dooneen.

  30. anne minihane

    My Dad is 93 and his lifelong best friend has always sang this song for him. They both come from near Cahirciveen. Sadly the life long friend is nearing the end and I want to be able to sing this at the forthcoming funeral. Thank you for the post.

    Micheal Prendergast

    Theyd probably know my grandfather.

  31. odonovanrossa1

    My granny was from Cahirciveen. I never met her, but cry whenever I hear this tune. Thanks for posting.

    Chantal Hill

    What was her name, if you don't mind me asking?

  32. Duane Harper

    What a beautifully sung melody. The voices and the acoustic guitar creates a visual imprint on the soul. 8-)

  33. John Mc Crohan

    Good on you Iseult; good on you too Christy for singing it, we all can make mistakes, I make loads of them and live :-)

    Chantal Hill

    Any relation to a Paddy McCrohan that played in the Brass Band?

  34. goldenfin

    Best version ever.