The West’s Awake – lyrics and chords

Gaelic Chieftain, The Wests Awake
Gaelic Chieftain, The Wests Awake

The lyrics of The West’s Awake describe the feeling of great Irish nationalism felt by Irish people in the 1800’s.

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Gaelic Chieftain, The Wests Awake

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G 
When all beside a  
C 
vigil 
 
keep,
 
The  
D7 
West’s asleep, the  
G 
West’s 
 
asleep
 
Alas! and well may  
Am 
Erin 
 
weep
 
When  
D7 
Connacht lies in  
G 
slumber 
 
deep.
 
There lake and plain smile  
C 
fair and free,
 
‘Mid  
Am 
rocks their guardian  
D7 
chivalry.
 
Sing, Oh! let man learn  
Em 
liberty
 
From crashing  
D7 
wind and lashing  
G 
sea.

That chainless wave and lovely land
Freedom and nationhood demand;
Be sure the great God never planned
For slumb’ring slaves a home so grand.
And long a brave and haughty race
Honoured and sentinelled the place.
Sing, Oh! not even their sons’ disgrace
Can quite destroy their glory’s trace.

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For often, in O’Connor’s van,
To triumph dashed each Connacht clan,
And fleet as deer the Normans ran
Through Curlew’s Pass and Ardrahan;
And later times saw deeds as brave,
And glory guards Clanricarde’s grave,
Sing, Oh! they died their land to save
At Aughrim’s slopes and Shannon ‘s wave.

And if, when all a vigil keep,
The West’s asleep! the West’s asleep!
Alas! and well may Erin weep
That Connaught lies in slumber deep.
But, hark! a voice like thunder spake,
The West’s awake! the West’s awake!
Sing, Oh! Hurrah! let England quake,
We’ll watch till death for Erin ‘s sake!

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[G]When all beside a [C]vigil keep,
The [D7]West’s asleep, the [G]West’s asleep
Alas! and well may [Am]Erin weep
When [D7]Connacht lies in [G]slumber deep.
There lake and plain smile [C]fair and free,
‘Mid [Am]rocks their guardian [D7]chivalry.
Sing, Oh! let man learn [Em]liberty
From crashing [D7]wind and lashing [G]sea.

That chainless wave and lovely land
Freedom and nationhood demand;
Be sure the great God never planned
For slumb’ring slaves a home so grand.
And long a brave and haughty race
Honoured and sentinelled the place.
Sing, Oh! not even their sons’ disgrace
Can quite destroy their glory’s trace.

For often, in O’Connor’s van,
To triumph dashed each Connacht clan,
And fleet as deer the Normans ran
Through Curlew’s Pass and Ardrahan;
And later times saw deeds as brave,
And glory guards Clanricarde’s grave,
Sing, Oh! they died their land to save
At Aughrim’s slopes and Shannon ‘s wave.

And if, when all a vigil keep,
The West’s asleep! the West’s asleep!
Alas! and well may Erin weep
That Connaught lies in slumber deep.
But, hark! a voice like thunder spake,
The West’s awake! the West’s awake!
Sing, Oh! Hurrah! let England quake,
We’ll watch till death for Erin ‘s sake!

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The West’s Awake lyrics and chords

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