The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Dead Can Dance Lyrics


I sat within the valley green
I sat me with my true love.
My sad heart strove the two between
The old love and the new love.
The old for her the new
That made me think on Ireland dearly.
While the soft wind blew down the glade
and shook the golden barley.
'Twas hard the woeful words to frame
To break the ties that bound us.
But harder still to bear the shame
of foreign chains around us.
And so I said the mountain glen
I'll meet at morning early.
And I'll join the bold united men
While soft winds shook the barley.
'Twas sad I kissed away her tears
My fond arm round her flinging.
When a foe, man's shot burst on our ears
From out the wild woods ringing.
A bullet pierced my true love's side
In life's young spring so early.
And on my breast in blood she died
While soft winds shook the barley.
But blood for blood without remorse
I've ta'en at oulart hollow.
I've lain my true love's clay like corpse
Where I full soon must follow.
Around her grave I've wandered drear
Noon, night, and morning early.
With breaking heart when e'er I hear
The wind that shakes the barley.

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Written by: DP, BRENDAN MICHAEL PERRY, LISA GERMAINE GERRARD

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Fran K

I sat within the valley green
I sat me with my true love.
My sad heart strove the two between
The old love and the new love.
The old for her the new
That made me think on Ireland dearly.
While the soft wind blew down the glade
and shook the golden barley. 
'Twas hard the woeful words to frame
To break the ties that bound us.
But harder still to bear the shame
of foreign chains around us.
And so I said the mountain glen
I'll meet at morning early.
And I'll join the bold united men
While soft winds shook the barley. 
'Twas sad I kissed away her tears
My fond arm round her flinging.
When a foe, man's shot burst on our ears
From out the wild woods ringing.
A bullet pierced my true love's side
In life's young spring so early.
And on my breast in blood she died
While soft winds shook the barley. 
But blood for blood without remorse
I've ta'en at oulart hollow.
I've lain my true love's clay like corpse
Where I full soon must follow.
Around her grave I've wandered drear
Noon, night, and morning early.
With breaking heart when e'er I hear
The wind that shakes the barley.



All comments from YouTube:

Mike Brown

I’m Welsh, ex-British army and would love to see a united Ireland.

Gary Bennett

Soon🇮🇪

Fran K

I sat within the valley green
I sat me with my true love.
My sad heart strove the two between
The old love and the new love.
The old for her the new
That made me think on Ireland dearly.
While the soft wind blew down the glade
and shook the golden barley. 
'Twas hard the woeful words to frame
To break the ties that bound us.
But harder still to bear the shame
of foreign chains around us.
And so I said the mountain glen
I'll meet at morning early.
And I'll join the bold united men
While soft winds shook the barley. 
'Twas sad I kissed away her tears
My fond arm round her flinging.
When a foe, man's shot burst on our ears
From out the wild woods ringing.
A bullet pierced my true love's side
In life's young spring so early.
And on my breast in blood she died
While soft winds shook the barley. 
But blood for blood without remorse
I've ta'en at oulart hollow.
I've lain my true love's clay like corpse
Where I full soon must follow.
Around her grave I've wandered drear
Noon, night, and morning early.
With breaking heart when e'er I hear
The wind that shakes the barley.

h1e2x3

The best a capella performance ever

a5athome

the best a capella performance ever with the finest female voice ever

Royal T

Agreed

David Burchett

This version moves me like no other

Crease Mason

"The road to freedom is paved with suffering, hardships and torture; carry on my gallant and brave comrades until that certain day"
- Tom Williams

Roman cyc

I was fortunate to have gone to a Dead Can Dance performance in Miami, FL 1996. The entire performance was/is the most moving shows I was lucky to have been a part of. Listening to all of my favs from Saltarello to The Wind that Shakes the Barley live is still amazingly vivid in my memories n experiences.
I was also fortunate to have step to an alley b4 the show began to smoke a cigarette & lie n behold the band was in the alley smoking b4 the show. I had the chance to chat with Brendan n band but Lisa was not there at that alley moment.

Myron Child

You've got to be kidding me. I'm weeping

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