Over the Hills and Far Away
Len Graham from Newry, Northern ireland: On Autumn Harvest ah011: Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 8: The Little Ball of Yarn Live from the Fife Traditional Singing Festival May 2011.
The maiden fair of the opening line, now old and grey, is Éire and in the song she laments the loss of her lover, Bonnie Prince Charlie, exiled across the sea in his youth. The song air is also found in Scotland. The Séarlas Óg (meaning Young Charles in Irish) refers to Charles Edward Stuart - Bonnie Prince Charlie (1720 - 1788) and Mo Ghile Mear of the refrain can be translated as - my bright hero - also Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Len added the 'peace' conclusion from Robert Burns's song of 1794 - On the Seas and Far Away. Len has also recorded this song on Cranagh CMCD4453 (2010)
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