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AmyLove The Wild Rapparee (31) RE: The Wild Rapparee 11 Dec 16

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Thank you for all the information. I ended up singing along with Mary Brogan's version, which, as you'll see below, uses the word "spoilers" rather than "Peelers."

How green are the fields that are washed by the Finn,
Oh, how grand are the homes that those spoilers live in.
How fresh are the crops in the valley to see,
But the heath is the home of the Wild Rapparee

Out on the moor, where the wild winds shriek and howl,
He has made his lone home there, amidst the wild fowl.
No-one there to welcome, no comrade has he,
Oh, God help the poor outlaw, the Wild Rapparee.

He has robbed many rich of their gold and their crown,
He has outlawed the soldiers who hunted him down,
Alive he has boasted, "They'll never take me."
A swordsman of skill was the Wild Rapparee.

This morning the redcoats returned from the heath,
But the sword of each leader was not in its sheath.
The bright blade was dripping with blood plain to see,
From the head of the outlaw, the Wild Rapparee.

There's a stone covered grave, on the bleak mountainside.
There's a plain wooden cross with these few words inscribed,
'Good stranger, kneel down, say an Ave for me.
I was sentenced for being a Wild Rapparee.'

And I think there are more issues with those first lyrics I copied and pasted from wikipedia. For instance, that first line - "How green are the fields that washed the Finn" - perhaps somebody at some point will go and fix those lyrics at wikipedia.

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