For the 2017 Tour to New Zealand, The British & Irish Lions squad has been singing four songs – one from each of the home unions — with fans also singing from the stands and terraces as they arrive in their thousands.
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The songs are: Calon Lân (Wales), The Fields of Athenry (Ireland), Jerusalem (England) and Highland Cathedral (Scotland).
Having practiced during training camps in Wales and Ireland, the squad performed these songs upon arrival to New Zealand in response to the Official Welcome at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and will continue to do so at ceremonial and cultural events throughout the Tour.
Elected choir masters from each country have been leading the squad efforts and to lift the team during matches, we’re asking Lions fans on Tour and at home to show their support by adopting the songs too!
The lyrics to all four songs are available below, along with video of the squad singing the songs – so get practicing and be sure to Sing Your Support during the matches!
THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS SONG COMPILATION
THE FIELDS OF ATHENRY
By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young girl calling
Michael they have taken you away,
For you stole Trevelyan’s corn
So the young might see the morn,
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay
Low lie, The Fields of Athenry
where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing
we had dreams and songs to sing,
It’s so lonely round the Fields of Athenry
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountain green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.
Scotland my country and my land of birth
Highlands and Islands to the Solway Firth
Where’er I travel and where’er I roam
Highland Cathedral in my heart, my home
Scots unite all across the world
And let the home fires, burn in your eyes
Listen now can you hear the call
For Scotland will you rise?
Nid wy’n gofyn bywyd moethus,
Aur y byd na’I berlau mân:
Gofyn ‘rwyf am galon hapus,
Calon onest, calon lan.
Calon lan yn llawn daioni,
Tecach yw na’r lili dlos:
Dim ond calon lan all ganu
Canu’r dydd a chanu’r nos.
Nid oyn govin bow ed moythiss
Aye’r uh beed nay berliy mahn
Govin royv am Kalon happis
Kalon oh nest Kalon lahn
Kalon lahn ynn klawn dahyonee
Tekach (H)uw nahr lilly dlohs
Dim ond Kalon lahn ath ganee
Kannee’r deeth a chanee’r nohs