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The Wren in the Furze
The Chieftains Lyrics


We have lyrics for these tracks by The Chieftains:

A Breton Carol Péh trouz zou ar en doar Péh kan a gleúan me Na…
A la Orilla de un Palmar A la orilla de un palmar Yo vi de una joven…
A Stór Mo Chroí A Stor Mo Chroi, when you're far away From the house…
Behind Blue Eyes No one knows what it's like To be the bad man,…
Canción Mixteca Que lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido! Inmensa nostalgia…
Carolina Rua Stories never end 'til you come to conclusions Carolina Rua …
Carrickfergus I wished I had you in Carrickfergus, Only for nights in…
Casadh an tSúgáin CASADH AN TSÚGÁIN A Rí na bhfeart cad do chas ins…
Changing Your Demeanour Here we are we've come to call with pipes and…
Coast of Malabar Far away across the ocean Underneath an Indian star Dwells a…
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies [Featuring: Pistol Annies] Come all ye fair and tender ladi…
Cotton-Eyed Joe If it hadn't been for cotton-eye Joe I'd been married long…
Country Blues Come all you good, kind people While I've got money to…
Danny Boy Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen…
Dark as a Dungeon Oh come all you young fellers so young and so…
Ding Dong Merrily On High Ding dong merrily on high, In heaven the bells are ringing: …
Down In The Willow Garden [Featuring: Bon Iver] Down in the willow garden Where me…
Dueling Chanters Track is instrumental and has no lyrics…
Ev Chistr 'ta Laou! Ev' chistr 'ta Laou rak chistr 'zo mat, lonla, Ev' chistr…
Factory Girl As I went out walking one fine summer morning The birds…
Factory Girl (feat. Sinéad O'Connor) As I went out walking one fine summer morning, The birds…
Fionnghuala Thuirt an gobha fuirighidh mi 'S thuirt an gobha falbhaidh…
foggy Dew I was down the glen one Easter morn To a city…
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember…
Goodnight Irene Last Saturday night I got married Me and my wife settled…
Hard Times Come Again No More [Featuring: Paolo Nutini] Let us pause in life's pleasure…
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Have I told you lately that I love you? Have I…
He Moved Through the Fair My own love said to me "My mother won't mind.…
Here's a Health to the Company Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme Come lift…
I Can't Stop Loving You I can't stop loving you So I made up my mind To…
I Know My Love I know my love by his way of walking And I…
I Saw Three Ships A Sailing I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day, on…
I'll Be All Smiles Tonight I'll be all smiles tonight, love I'll be all smiles tonight …
I'll Tell Me Ma I'll tell me Ma when I go home, The boys won't…
Il Est Né / Ca Berger Il est né le divin enfant jouez hautbois, résonnez musettes…
Jack of All Trades I'm a roving jack of many a trade Of ev'ry trade Of…
Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór Bliain an taca seo d'imigh uaim rún mo chléibh Ní thiocfaid…
Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel I'm gonna sing you a brand new song It's all the…
Katie Dear Oh Katie dear, go ask your mama If you can be…
Killybegs My heart was warm with family love, as I slipped…
Lily Love [Featuring: Civil Wars] Down, down by the sea, there is a…
Lily of the West When first I came to Ireland some pleasure for to…
Little Love Affairs When I wake in the night And find that I'm dreaming You're…
Long Journey Home If on every ocean the ship is a throne And…
Love Is Teasin' I wish, I wish, I wish in vain, I wish I…
Luz de Luna Yo quiero luz de luna Para mi noche triste Para…
Millennium Celtic Suite Quand j'étais jeune à dix-huit ans J'étais belle et galante…
Mo Ghile Mear Chorus: 'Se/ mo laoch, mo Ghile Mear 'Se/ mo Chaesar Gile Me…
Molly Ban Come all ye young fellas That handle a gun Beware of night…
Morning has broken Morning has broken Like the first morning Blackbird has spok…
My Bonnie My Bonnie lies over the ocean, My Bonnie lies over…
My Lagan Love Where Lagan streams sing lullabies There blows a lily fair. …
Never Give all the Heart Never give all the heart For love will hardly seem worth…
Nobody's Darlin' but Mine Come sit by my side little darlin' Come lay your…
North Amerikay Ye lovers all both great and small, who dwell in…
O Come All Ye Faithful O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O…
O Holy Night Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the ni…
O The Holly She Bears A Berry Oh the Holly, she bears a berry, as white as…
Once in Royal David's City Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Wher…
Opening Medley: Dóchas / King of Laois / Paddy’s Jig / O’Keefes / Chattering Magpie Our bed we live, our bed we sleep Making love and…
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore From Derry Quai we sailed away On the 23rd of May We…
Past Three O' Clock CHORUS past three o'clock, on a cold frosty morn, past th…
Peggy Gordon O Peggy Gordon, you are my darling Come sit you down…
Pretty Little Girl Pretty little girl with a blue dress on Pretty little girl…
Rachamid a Bhean Bheag She drove west from Salt Lake City to the California…
Raglan Road On Raglan Road on an Autumn Day, I saw her first…
Rain and Snow I married me a wife She gave me trouble all my…
Red is the Rose Come over the hills, my handsome Irish lad Come over the…
Redemption Song Old pirates, yes, they rob I Sold I to the merchant…
Rocky Road to Dublin In the merry month of May From me home I started Left…
School Days Over Schooldays over, come on then, John Time to be gettin' your…
Shenandoah Oh, Shenandoah I long to see you Away you rolling river O…
Sisters of Mercy All the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or…
St. Stephen's Day Murders I knew of two sisters whose name it was Christmas, And…
Star Of The County Down In Banbridge Town in the County Down One morning last July, …
Tennessee Waltz / Tennessee Mazurka I was dancing with my darlin' to the Tennessee Waltz When…
The Boar's Head The boar's head in hand bear I, Bedeck'd with bays and…
The Foggy Dew I was down the glen one Easter morn To a city…
The Frost Is All Over What would you do if the kettle boiled over? What would…
The Green Fields of America Farewell to the groves of shillelagh and the shamrock Farewe…
The Lark In The Clear Air / Olam Punch Ólaim puins is ólaim tae Is an lá ina dhiaidh sin…
The Lily of the West When first I came to Ireland some pleasure for to…
The long black veil Ten years ago on a cold dark night Someone was…
The Lovely Sweet Banks Of The Moy One day as I went on my rambles From Swinford to…
The Lowlands of Holland On the night that I was married And upon my marriage…
The Magdalene Laundries I was an unmarried girl I'd just turned twenty-seven When …
The May Morning Dew How pleasant in winter To sit by the hob Just listening to…
The Raggle Taggle Gypsy There were three old gypsies came to our house door They…
The Rebel Jesus All the streets are filled with laughter and light And the…
The Rocky Road to Dublin In the merry month of May From me home I started Left…
The Stone Rising early out of bed Across the fields I steered O, Whe…
The Wexford Carol Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep Their flocks of lambs and …
Wabash Cannonball I stood on the Atlantic Ocean The wide Pacific shore To th…
When The Ship Comes In [Featuring: The Decemberists] Oh the time will come up When…
Whole Heap of Little Horses Go to sleep, go to sleep Go to sleep you little…
Wild Mountain Thyme Oh the Summer time is coming And the trees are…
Winnie The Pooh Deep in the hundred acre wood Where Christopher Robin plays …
Winnie-the-Pooh Deep in the hundred acre wood Where Christopher Robin plays…

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Casey Kukowski

So I use to listen to this growing up. Somehow it got forgotten until I found this cd in my basement this year. That shot me right back to my childhood playing this song over and over

conor

Every Christmas when my family decorates the tree, we listen to the Chieftains, specifically this song. I love my Irish heritage, and this song brings back memories of Ireland with my father. Thanks for this amazing song!

Kevin Westendorf

"Conor", good Irish name that.

Jay Exner

Can't set up the tree without it!

manymuses

This song is addictive. I love it.

Jesus Roselly

Man this song rings back the memories.

Evelyn O'Connor

A FABULOUS PERFORMANCE of wren in the furze --by the FOREVER GREAT CHIEFTAINS - LOVE ❤️ EVELYN O'CONNOR

Anna Scholnick

This reminds me of something that would be sung in the Shire by the Hobbits.Haha, love it

Patrick Tobin

In this session the Chieftains are celebrating the 26th of December - 'Boxing Day' in Britain but Saint Stephen's Day in Ireland.

That is the day when the 'The Wren Boys' (generally pronounced 'The Wran Boys') appear on the roads and streets in many parts of Ireland, but most of all in the counties of Kerry and Cork. Hence the title  - 'The Wren in the Furze'.

I still remember the day - perhaps I was already four years and 11 months of age - when a troop of them knocked at our door on the Lee Road about a mile west of Cork City. They were wearing straw skirts, their faces were painted in bright colours and each one had a musical instrument - a couple of fiddles, a tin whistle and a small drum - it may have been a bodhrán but I did not know that word until I saw the play 'Sive' by John B. Keane in Dublin in the 1970s. When the door was opened they started to play very loudly and very cheerfully and with great enthusiasm too. Anyway, I had never seen anything like it before and so I stood rooted to the spot in fear and in awe. My parents, however, who had obviously seen their likes before, were delighted and called the whole crowd into the house. Of course I followed them inside as well, all my fears gone. 

They were fed as much as they could eat and each of them was also given a bottle of black porter to wash it down. Mammy and Daddy had one each as well and I was given a smaller portion in an enamelled mug we called a 'ponny' into which they first put sugar and then a red hot poker from the fire. That was my bedtime drink until the big war ended and cocoa came back just in time to stop me from becoming a bedtime alcoholic by custom and practice!

my2cents2u

What a delightful story. Thank you so much for sharing. <3

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