The Fields Of Athenry Irish song lyrics and chords, Written by Pete St. John Recorded by
Danny Doyle, Paddy Reilly, Ronan Tynan, The Dropkick Murphy's And James Galyay. Pete has written many great song including
:The Rare Old Times,The Ferryman,Luke Kelly's Land,Ringsend Rose,Ann Devlin,Danny Farrell to name but a few. this is in the
key of D Major, change the chords to suit your own voice Fields Of Athenry Sheet Music And Tin Whistle Notes the mandolin tab. is included on this page.
alternative Chords = D=G, G=C And A =D By[D] a lonely prison wall,I[G] heard a young man[D] call[A]ing, [D]Michael
they are[G] taken you a[A]way, For you[D] stole trevelyne[G] corn,so the[D] young might see the[A] morn, Now a prison
ship lies waiting in the[D] bay. [Chorus] [D]Low[G] lie the[D] fields of athenry,where once we watched the small free
birds[A] fly, Our[D] love was on the[G] wing,we had[D] dreams and songs to[A] sing, It's so lonely round the fields
of Athen[D]ry.  By a lonely prison wall,I heard a young man calling, Nothing matters Mary when your free, Against
the famine and the crown,I rebelled they put me down, Now you must rase our child with dignity.  By a lonely harbour
wall,she watched the last star falling, As the prison ship sailed out against the sky, For she waits and hopes and prayes,for
her love in Botany bay, It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry
The Irish soccer / football team supporters also use the song as a ''chant'' when the national team are playing. Unfortunately
they only seem to know the first verse and chorus. They also change some of the words and the timing. Also used by the
rugby supporters to give the team a bit of a lift.
How To Play The Fields Of Anthery On Guitar.
These are the basic chords and the strumming pattern to play the song in te key of D Major.
Interview By Joe Duffy With Pete St John The Writer Of The Fields Of Athenry
Joe Duffy - When did you write the fields of Athenry ?. Pete St John
- That was back in 79' I belive, I though I had just written another lovely ballad and Danny Doyle picked up on it
one night in the old Embankment and I said ''Off Ye Go Danny'' , Danny can be very fussy as all the lads here know and
it took him a while to get his head around the story, we went to America with it and established it there. Then one
day I had Paddy Reilly coming out to do some gigs with us in The States. So I had Paddy Reilly, Danny Doyle and a group
called Celtic Folk and while we were there doing the gig Paddy said when I go home, well he was thinking at the time of
packing in the business and opening a pub with Mick McCarthy from Embankment fame and Paddy said I'm going to sing
The Fields Of Athenry as my final song. 'Reilly did and how many years ago is that.
Joe Duffy - And Paddy Reilly was in the charts for something like 72 weeks. Pete St
John - I called the record company to say we should take it out as a single because I couldn't compeat with
myself. So we were to stick it on an album and maybe write another one. So thanks be to God it took of and we have
it today as a kind of peranual.
Joe Duffy - How did it become this anthem in Scotland and the anthem for the Munster Final [rugby] Pete
St. John - Well we were one night in a gig in London with Patsy Watchorn and The Dublin City Ramblers and Packie
Bonner [Ireland And Celtic Goalkeeper' stood up and sang the song, so we backed him for it then he took it up to Celtic
and Celtic invited me up and I was invited over to Park Head [Celtic Football Ground] to sing it acapella out in the
middle of the pitch. So I went out and invited the 60,000 audience to sing it with me. So I thanked them for looking
after the 15,000 that we sent them in the famine times cause they all had fever. Then I said I'd like to sing it with you,
all I had to do was sing the first note and the audence sang the rest. It was quiet a moment.
Joe Duffy - And how long did it take you to write it ? Pete St. John, well I
was always intrested in that period of the famine times in Ireland, I thought it was the most horrific event in the
19th century so I decided I'd write a song about it.So in travelling down there and reading some of the old scripts
in the university in Galway in As Gaelige and I thought I'd have a look at the area and Athenry was the place I choose. I
don't think too many people had heard of Athenry at the time but now there are bus tours.
Joe Duffy - When was the last time you were in the fields of Athenry ?. Pete St John
- About a year ago they invited me down to give me the mace and chain. There's a lovely interpritive centre in the town
now so I went along and met the people and we sang the song again.
Joe Duffy - Apart from going to Galway University and looking up the history you had no connection
with Athenry, you just picked it because you saw it on the way back. Pete St John. Yes I felt the fields
do look lovely and we would call that town a ''Wiper Blade'' because when we're out gigging with the lads on a rainy
night we'd be going that fast we pass the place with one wipe of the screen.