By a lonely prison wall I heard a young girl callin'
Michael they have taken you away
For you stole Trevelyn's corn
So the young might see the morn
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.
Low lie the fields of Athenry,
Where once we watched the small free bird fly
Our love was on the wing, we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.
By a lonely prison wall I heard a young man calling
Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free
Against the famine and the Crown
I rebelled they cut me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity.
By a lonely harbour wall she watched the last star falling
As that prison ship sailed out against the sky
For she'll live in hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.


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    General Commentsad song we sing duriong irish football matches...about the irish famine and how much the english sucked :)
    loserkidguyon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNow this is a great no use song, one of the best if you ask me
    Bahlord2387Kon August 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey loserkidguy you are english!
    loserkidgirlon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDropkick Murphy's version of this song on their new album is far, far better done than this one is, although this one isn`t terrible.

    it's about the 'famine', or more accurately, the 'forced starvation of the Irish by the British' in the late 1840's. Athenry is in Ireland, Botany Bay was a British prison colony in Australia at the time. the British were keeping food from the Irish while their potato crops failed, starving them. the Michael in the song attempted to steal some of the corn that was plentiful but not to be provided to the Irish, got caught and got sent to Australia for punishment.
    AirCav1stOfThe9thon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't care how Irish the DK Murphys are, I love this one so much better.
    ShesMyAlcatrazon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDon't get me wrong, I love No Use For a Name but I have to agree that the Dropkick Murphys' version is much better.
    amused_idioton July 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe tossers do a great cover of this song to.
    inflictedon October 15, 2004   Link

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