Gerry O'Beirne

The Holy Ground

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Gerry O'Beirne
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Gerry O'Beirne

Story

The song is about a man who goes to Mexico from Ireland and gets involved in the War of Independence there. It always feels like a very personal song. I played the "elephant" guitar on this one, and a 12 string guitar solo midway through the song. I was delighted to have Davie Paton playing bass on this one. Davie used to be the bass player/singer/writer with the pop band Pilot. I remember seeing them on "Top Of The Pops" many years ago. He's a great player and a great guy. This song has been recorded by Andy Irvine and Mary Black among others.

Lyrics

I was born on the holy ground a running boy in fields of clover living in the grandeur of my father's land By the side of the swirling sea I spent the days of childish wonder and the rocks i held in my young hands I never felt them slip away Well the sun shone bright upon the waves and the wind blew high as i was leaving and i sailed so far away looking for adventure But i would not stay where the city streets proclaimed so loudly man's endeavour though music is a pretty thing in fine company And the wilderness took my breath away under a sun that never falters A man has to find his way where no-one ever goes It was in the south where my new home lay with a dark eyed girl and wild horses with hummingbirds and roses there in old Mexico There the winds of change they blew so far of liberty and revolution and it seemed that each man heard in his breast the drumming of a nation Oh on the field where the guns did play i fell there with many another where the sage brush grows and the desert wind is blowing free I was born on the holy ground a running boy in fields of clover living in the grandeur of my fathers land