Sean Bhean Bhocht

Lyrics

‘Oh the French are on the sea’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘The French are on the sea’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘Oh The French are in the Bay, they’ll be here without delay
And the Orange will decay’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht

‘And their camp it will be where ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘Their camp it will be where ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘On the Curragh of Kildare and the boys will all be there
With their pikes in good repair’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht

‘And what will the yeomen do ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘What will the yeomen do ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
What will the yeomen do but throw off the red and blue
And swear that they’ll be true to the Sean Bhean Bhocht

‘Then what colour will be seen ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘What colour will be seen ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘What colour should be seen where our fathers’ homes have been
But our own immortal green ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht

‘And will Ireland then be free ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘Will Ireland then be free ?’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht
‘Yes old Ireland will be free from the centre to the sea
And hurrah for liberty’ says the Sean Bhean Bhocht

Kildare 1

Songs of Kildare


Notes

The Sean-Bhean bhocht, Irish for the ‘Poor old woman’ (often spelt phonetically as ‘Shan Van Vocht’), is a traditional Irish song from the period of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and dating in particular to the lead up to a French expedition to Bantry Bay, that ultimately failed to get ashore in 1796.

Clip – Tom Donovan



County

Kildare

Song Themes

1798 Rebellion

Songwriter