The Enniskillen Dragoons barndance

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.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Enniskillen Dragoons has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Enniskillen Dragoons
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: ec | A2 Bc d/c/B e>c | B2 A2 A2 fg |
a2 f>a ge fA | B2 c>d e2 fg |
a2 f>a ge fA | B2 cd e2 dB |
A2 Bc d<B e>d | B2 A2 A2 :|
K: DMix
|: A>F | D3 D E2 F2 | G3 A c3 B | AG E2 D3 D | D6 A2 |
d3 d B2 d2 | c3 A Bc/B/ AG | ED- DE c3 B | A6 A/B/^c |
d3 e/d/ B3 d | c2 A2 B3 G | E2 DE c3 B | A6 GE |
D2 ^CD E3 F | G2 A2 c3 B/A/ | AG- GE D3 D | D6 :|

Five comments

“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

CHORUS:
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

CHORUS

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

CHORUS

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.

CHORUS

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

CHORUS

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

CHORUS

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.