Down By The Glenside

Story Behind The Song

another of my songs of Celtic folk music

Song Description

Remembering the loss of young men in a battle for freedom from English oppression.

Song Length 5:09 Genre World - Celtic, Folk - Traditional

Lyrics

Down By The Glenside

'Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman
She was picking young nettles and she scarce saw me coming
I listened awhile to song she was humming
Glory O, Glory O to the bold Fenian men

'Tis fifty long years since I saw the moon beaming
On strong manly forms and their eyes with hope gleaming
I see them again, sure, in all my daydreaming
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

Some died on the glenside, some died near a stranger
and wise men have told us that their cause was a failure
But they loved old Ireland and they never feared danger
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

I passed on my way, God be praised that I met her
Be life long or short, sure I'll never forget her
for we may have brave men, but we'll never have better
Glory O, Glory O. to the bold Fenian men

'Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman
She was picking young nettles and she scarce saw me coming
I listened awhile to song she was humming
Glory O, Glory O to the bold Fenian men

Traditional
Arrangement: Joe Podlesney
Lead Vocal: Delta Burnett Reed
Guitars: Joe Podlesney
Bass:Joe Podlesney
Keyboard: Joe Podlesney

This lady knows how to resurrect an old folk song and tell a story with depth of feeling and character. This is enhanced by a careful, authentic Celtic-sounding production and instrumentation. I found myself captivated and I hope many will listen to this artist and appreciate her talent and presentation of history in song.

Beautiful folk-like rendition. The instrumental parts paint a visual. The vocals are dreamy. Nice production! Great job!

I like the way the song starts with one instrument and the builds, beautiful vocals, yes - great vocals!

I like the sound right off the bat! Harpsichord? Interesting.
Reminds me of a song I use to hear when I lived with the Lilliputians with Gulliver.
Oh the beautiful voice is a surprise, very nice.

Wow... great stuff! Liked it a lot!

not since the days of Pentangle or Fairport Convention have I enjoyed such abandon to the elder music, the tales of the centuries. if anyone should seek the shelter of celtic music, here might be your destination's end.

Lyrics Traditional Music Joe Podlesney
Producer Joe Podlesney Publisher Joe Podlesney
Performance Delta Burnett Reed/music arranger Joe Podlesny Label Avocet studios
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