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AmyLove The Wild Rapparee (31) RE: The Wild Rapparee 15 Nov 16

Here are the lyrics:

How green are the fields that washed the Finn
How grand are the houses the Peelers live in
How fresh are the crops in the valleys to see
But the heath is the home of the wild rapparee

Ah, way out on the moors where the wind shrieks and howls
Sure, he'll find his lone home there amongst the wild foul
No one there to welcome, no comrade was he
Ah, God help the poor outlaw, the wild rapparee

He robbed many rich of their gold and their crown
He outrode the soldiers who hunted him down
Alas, he has boasted, They'll never take me,
Not a swordsman will capture the wild rapparee

There's a stone covered grave on the wild mountainside.
There's a plain wooden cross on which this is inscribed:
Kneel down, dear stranger, say an Ave for me
I was sentenced to death being a wild rapparee

And in case anyone's interest is piqued by the book title Passing the Time in Ballymenone: Culture and History of an Ulster Community (author Henry Glassie), you can read an excerpt here.

And others who have sung The Wild Rapparee:

Larry Cunningham And The Mighty Avons

Margaret O'Reilly

Nora Butler

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