The Enniskillen Dragoons lyrics

by The Dubliners

Fare thee well Enniskillen, fare thee well for a while
And all around the borders of Erin's green isle
And when the war is over we'll return in full bloom
And we'll all welcome home the Enniskillen Dragoons

A beautiful damsel of fame and renown
A gentleman's daughter from Monaghan town
As she drove by the barracks this beautiful maid
Stood up in her coach to see Dragoons on parade

Fare thee well Enniskillen, fare thee well for a while
And all around the borders of Erin's green isle
And when the war is over we'll return in full bloom
And we'll all welcome home the Enniskillen Dragoons

They were all dressed out like gentlemen's sons
Their fine shining sabres and their carbine guns
Their silver mounted pistols, she observed them full soon
Because she loved an Enniskillen Dragoon

Fare thee well Enniskillen, fare thee well for a while
And all around the borders of Erin's green isle
And when the war is over we'll return in full bloom
And we'll all welcome home the Enniskillen Dragoons

Flora dear Flora your pardon I crave
It's now and forever that I'll be your slave
Your parents have insulted both morn, night and noon
Because you would wed an Enniskillen Dragoon

Fare thee well Enniskillen, fare thee well for a while
And all around the borders of Erin's green isle
And when the war is over we'll return in full bloom
And we'll all welcome home the Enniskillen Dragoons

Willie dearest Willie don't heed what they say
For children their parents are bound to obey
But when the war is over they'll all change their tune
And you'll roll me in your arms by the light of the moon

Fare thee well Enniskillen, fare thee well for a while
And all around the borders of Erin's green isle
And when the war is over we'll return in full bloom
And we'll all welcome home the Enniskillen Dragoons

Song Details

Eniskillen Dragoons
Enniskillen Dragoon

Composer & Lyricist: Traditional

Brief: A popular Irish song which originated in Ulster. The song was originally about the Royal Inniskilling Dragoons of Ireland, a cavalry regiment raised by King William in 1688 at the time of the Siege Of Derry. Right up to the Battle Of The Somme they fought with the Inniskilling Fusiliers as part of the 36th Ulster Division. At the beginning of WW1 they were used initially in their original role on horses but their losses were so great due to the terrain and the heavy gun power that they were simply put in the trenches along with the Fusiliers... more

References:
Enniskillen ( In Irish Inis Ceithleann means island) - a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Dragoon - a combat arm of the cavalry for action on horseback and on foot.
Erin - ancient and poetic name of Ireland.
Monaghan - is the county town of County Monaghan, Ireland - Ulster province

Category: Irish Rebel Song

Other Recording Artists: Paddy Reilly, Tommy Makem, The Ludlows, Raglan Road, Liam Kelly, The Wolfetones, The Fenian Sons, The Blarney Lads...

Logo The Enniskillen Dragoons is featured on the album Original Dubliners (March 22, 1993).

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