Listen to this song!
Red Is The Rose
On November 26, 1791
The first convicts from Ireland arrive in New South Wales. Between 1791 and 1853, Australia received approximately 26,500 convicts from Ireland.
Home
The Band
» recordings
» photos
» videos
» news
» tour dates
» dún aengus
» past members
» influences
The Ballad Archive
The Forum
Contact Us
Account Login
The West's Awake
(Thomas Davis)
When all beside a vigil keep
The West's asleep, the West's asleep
Alas! and well may Erin weep
That Connacht lies in slumber deep
There lake and plain smile fair and free
'Mid rocks their guardian chivalry
Sing, Oh! let man learn liberty
From crashing winds and lashing sea

That chainless wave and lovely land
Freedom and nationhood demand
Be sure the great God never planned
For slumb'ring slaves a home so grand
And long a brave and haughty race
Honoured and sentinelled the place
Sing, Oh! not even their sons' disgrace
Can quite destroy their glory's trace

For often, in O'Connor's van
To triumph dashed each Connacht clan
And fleet as deer the Normans ran
Thro' Corrsliabh's Pass and Ardrahan
And later times saw deeds as brave
For glory guards Clanricard's grave
Sing, Oh! they died their land to save
At Aughrim's slopes and Shannon's wave

And if, when all a vigil keep
The West's asleep! the West's asleep!
Alas! and well may Erin weep
That Connacht lies in slumber deep
But, hark! a voice like thunder spake
The West's awake! the West's awake!
Sing, Oh! Hurrah! let England quake
We'll watch till death for Erin's sake
« Back
NEWEST ADDITIONS
to the Ballad Archive:
1. Dixieland
2. The Body Of An American
3. Toon O' Kelso
4. Maggie May
5. The McGregors
MOST POPULAR BALLADS
in November:
1. Ireland's Call
2. The Soldier's Song
3. McPherson's Lament
4. The Well Below The Valley
5. Phil The Fluter's Ball
MOST POPULAR BALLADS
of all time:
1. Ireland's Call
2. The Soldier's Song
3. The Raggle Taggle Gypsy
4. All For Me Grog
5. A Mother's Love Is A Blessing