Also known as
Enniskillen Dragoon, The Enniskillen Dragoon, Enniskillin Dragoon, The Enniskillin Dragoon, Enniskillin Dragoons, The Enniskillin Dragoons, Fare Thee Well Enniskillin, Inniskilling Dragoon, The Inniskilling Dragoon, Inniskilling Dragoons, The Inniskilling Dragoons, The March Of The Enniskillen Dragoons.
“The Enniskillen Dragoons” ~ two ways, march like and as an air
The first take is based on the playing of Johnny Doherty, who plays it like a march. The second is a take based on the song air, but also having some march-like qualities… Another key it can be found in is G Mixolydian…
“The Enniskillen Dragoons” / “Fare Thee Well Enniskillin”
“Fare Thee Well Enniskillin” / “The Enniskillin Dragoon(s)” ~ lyrics
Fare ye well, Enniskillen, I must leave you for a while
And all round the borders of Erin’s green isle
And when the war is over we’ll return in full bloom
And they’ll all welcome home their Enniskillen dragoons
A beautiful damsel of fame and renown
A rich merchant’s daughter from Monaghan town
As she drove by the barracks this beautiful maid
Stood up in her coach to see Dragoons on parade
They were all dressed out neat like gentlemen’s sons
With their bright shining rapiers and carabine guns
Their silver mounted pistols, she observed them full soon
Just because she loved an Enniskillen Dragoon
You bright son of Mars who stands on the right,
Whose armour does shine like the bright stars of night;
Oh, Willie, dearest Willie, you’ve enlisted full soon,
To serve as a Royal Enniskillen Dragoon.
Oh Flora, dearest Flora, your pardon I crave
It’s now and forever that I’ll be your slave
But your parents they have slighted me, morning, night, and noon
Just because that you loved your Enniskillen dragoon
Oh Willie, dearest Willie, heed not what they say
For children their parents must always obey
But when the war is over they’ll soon change their tune
And you’ll roll me in your arms by the light of the moon
Now the wars are over, and Willie’s returned at fast,
Our regiment lay at Dublin, and Willie’s got a pass;
The next Sunday they married, and Willie the groom,
And now she enjoys her Enniskillen Dragoon.
Now the wars are over, and Willie’s returned at last,
~ Last verse correction… 😏 (It was the sparkling Shiraz ~ mmm!)
From my own experience of this song it takes me back to the early sixties and Aran jumpers where it was sung with great gusto along with “I’ll Tell my Ma”, “The Holy Ground - Fine Girl You Are”, etc. It’s nice to have a bit of nostalgia now and again.
Re: The Enniskillen Dragoons
Speaking of nostalgia…
Does the first phrase of this march not sound like that old nursery rhyme “the bells of Saint Clement”?
E c A Bc d B e c A
Aka Angels and lemmings
(Or was it Oranges and lemons?
It’s lost in the smogs o Thames now…)
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