Off Topic: Fields of Athenry

Discussion in 'Ireland: NSR' started by LebenslangGruenWeiss, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. LebenslangGruenWeiss

    Aug 13, 2004
    Hi. I'm a non english native speaker and a big fan of the Dropkick Murphys. One of there cover songs is called Fields of Athenry and I was wondering what the words "Low lie the fields of Athenry" mean. I understand the words but not the sentence as a whole. Here are the complete lyrics

        By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling
        "Michael, they have taken you away,
        For you stole Trevelyan's corn,
        So the young might see the morn.
        Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay."
        Low lie the fields of Athenry
        Where once we watched the small free birds fly
        Our love was on the wing
        We had dreams and songs to sing
        It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.
        By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling
        "Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free
        Against the famine and the crown,
        I rebelled, they cut me down.
        Now you must raise our child with dignity."
        By a lonely harbor wall, she watched the last star falling
        As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
        For she lived to hope and pray for her love in Botany Bay
        It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry. [/QUOTE]
  2. theworm2345

    theworm2345 Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    This goes in NSR, Have you heard their song Tessie about the Red Sox? It was in Fever Pitch, I kind of liked it. All I know about the Fields of Athenry is that every one hates it when Brian Kennedy sings it
  3. LebenslangGruenWeiss

    Aug 13, 2004
    "Tessie" is a great song as well though I don't care much for baseball. My favorite DKM songs are probably "Heroes from our past", "Workers song", "Wicked sensitive Crew" and "Kiss me I'm Sh!tfaced". But actually I couldn't name a single DKM song that I don't like. Saw them live last week. it was awesome.

    To Athenry: What does it mean when something "lies low". Does that mean the place is lonely? I don't understand it.
  4. theworm2345

    theworm2345 Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Dont know about in Ireland, but here it means to try to stay under the radar, to not be noticed, usually by the police or a higher authority
  5. bennocelt

    bennocelt Member

    Jun 1, 2005

    i think Worm most people hate when brian kennedy sings.......anything......full stop!!!!

    maybe low lie....means the low lying know not hills or mountains
  6. Samarkand

    Samarkand Member+

    May 28, 2001
    Emmmmmmmm...........isn't it Lone lie the fields.........?
  7. PsychedelicCeltic

    PsychedelicCeltic New Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    San Francisco/London
    Absolutely not.
  8. Father Ted

    Father Ted BigSoccer Supporter

    Manchester United, Galway United, New York Red Bulls
    Nov 2, 2001
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Spent a lot of my youth in and around Athenry(my cousins lived there). And yes the fields lie low. Best known for the Arch and the Cattle Mart.
  9. Ash II

    Ash II New Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    In a madhouse
    And a nightclub called the Underground (I think), with a London Underground sign.
  10. srd....

    srd.... Member

    Apr 20, 2004
    Cork City.
    bingo,it's just an expression of the geography of the area,i.e. flat. or below a certain height.

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